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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Kane, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. Kane

    Kane In the Brooder

    Jun 26, 2011
    South Haven
    I have a very under weight chicken. She has a scissor beak. Some of my chickens just started laying at 5 1/2 months. When, if ever should I expect her to start laying?

  2. Bravo

    Bravo Songster

    Aug 24, 2009
    She may not have the nutrients to be able to lay if she is that thin.

    Since she has cross-beak, make sure she has access to a deep feeder where she can scoop her food into her mouth. Also, use crumbles as opposed to pellets as this seems to work better.

    I've had 2 birds with cross beak in my experience with chickens and both were fantastic eaters.

    I'd start trying to bulk her up by doing a mixture of cottage cheese and high-protein laying crumbles mixed into a nice mash. Put it into a big dish and separate her. If she can eat, she will go to town.

    If her cross-beak is so severe that she still cant eat, you might consider culling as this would be the most humane thing for her.

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