young hen with open beak


In the Brooder
May 17, 2017
Hello...I have a young hen that had a crossed beak when we got her we trimmed alittle off to make it better now she keeps her mouth open all the time she seems to be eating alright but im concerned that her mouth and toung will dry out????


8 Years
Jan 4, 2012
As long as she isn't breathing heavy, where you can see she's having a hard time breathing.... she should be ok... I believe.... unless she stressed out...
you might want to ask a vet... I've hatched out a few cross beaks, who are now going on 6 years old, and have never cut or trimmed the beak, and they eat and drink just fine...
I don't personally know if a beak can get an infection after being trimmed, you might to ask a vet.
Maybe show some pictures of her...?


Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Mar 21, 2011
New Mexico, USA
My Coop
My Coop
Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

I am sorry about your hen! Crossbeaks can have a host of issues, some sort of genetic mis-coding going on in their bodies.

Definitely post in our emergency section and have some information ready...her age, the temp at your place, color of her comb, poop color and consistency, condition of her abdomen, (squishy like a water balloon?) when she laid her last egg, ect...

Good luck with your hen and welcome to our roost! :)

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