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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 8:26 pm 
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I have noticed over winter a couple of my birds (2 hens and 1 Cockerel) have developed overgrown beaks, hens are getting on in age and Cockerel is only coming up to 1 year old. All other birds in the respective pens are fine.

I have been observing them and they appear to be eating ok but one of the hens was down this morning and when I picked her up she had a very prominent breast bone suggesting that she may not have been able to eat the pellets properly or eat the required amount??

What would cause the beak to grow so fast, I have never had a problem with beaks before? And what should I do for these birds, file the beak down?


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:11 pm 
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The actual reason for the overgrown beaks is unclear.
Normally, birds file their beaks back themselves. They grind them down on rocks or edges of concrete. Sometimes, there is one that has a deformity of the beak which prevents the bird from keeping it in shape. I also had the odd bird that just didn't look after itself properly and needed to be looked after on a regular basis.
And then, there are birds that have an underlying condition that prevents them from properly looking after themselves. This might be the case with the bird with the protruding breastbone.
I'd recommend to file the overgrown beaks back and make sure that all birds are in good health (also check whether their worming routine is up to date). I'd also separate the bird with the protruding breastbone and nurse her back to good health and weight or, respectively, keep her isolated from the others, in case she is carrying an infectious disease that might have led to her condition.

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Birds normally wear their beaks down just by pecking and digging in the dirt. Must be the case that your birds are not doing this any more (ill health could be the reason). If you do file them a bit don't take off much as chicken beaks have many nerve endings up to a certain point and you will have no way of knowing when you have hit that point.

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 Post subject: Re: Overgrown Beaks
PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:02 pm 
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Thanks for the advice Nostress and 70%Cocoa

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