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

  1. Kane

    Kane Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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