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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by zookeeptd, Mar 15, 2012.
I just checked on Bannies and saw this. I try to put it back in line but won't stay!!! Help plz!!!
That is a Cross Beak. It happens from inbreeding and poor genetics. Did you get the birds from a hatchery?
Inbreeding and poor genetics are not the only way to get a cross beak. I bought eggs from show stock chickens and got a cross beak and severely deformed toes. My hatchery chicks produce perfect little peepers.
I didn't say that was the only way. Not all hatcheries produce cross beaks. Some breeders breed Brother to Sister so many time that they get so inbred. 1 way to not have that happen is to line breed. This should produce good chicks. Breed Mother to son, father to daughter. grandparents to grandchildren, and never brother to sister. Sometimes it just happens, just a deformity.
I have one with the same thing. Mine kept getting more and more crooked. Eventually it leveled out, I guess and stopped.
(s)he is 3 weeks old now and keeping up with the best of them. I definitely won't be hatching her babies. (If it turns out to be a girl) But I say, if it can keep up I'm not gonna kill it.
Other than that he's perfectly normal.
Not the best pic, but here's mine.
She came from TSC in North Miss. 2 wks ago. So I may not lose her?
If you got her 2 weeks ago, then I doubt it. Is she visibly smaller than the others? If not, then chances are she'll be fine. I have no idea how mine eats, but obviously he does.
I'm in North Mississippi too.
I've got my little boy who's almost a year old now that has a horrible scissor beak. He can't eat like a normal chicken, he gets fed chick mash mixed in baby food and raw eggs. As long as I take the time to feed him separately he's been doing just fine, big, healthy, loud rooster!