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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:01 pm 
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Hi All
I'm new to this backyard chicken business. Is my new girls beak okay. She feeds and drinks fine.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:08 pm 
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The photo is a bit out of focus but it does look like the upper part of her beak is damaged. If she’s eating and drinking fine then I wouldn’t worry about it though :)

Clearer photos and some shots from each side would be good if you have time to do that.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:14 pm 
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70%cocoa wrote:
The photo is a bit out of focus but it does look like the upper part of her beak is damaged. If she’s eating and drinking fine then I wouldn’t worry about it though :)

Clearer photos and some shots from each side would be good if you have time to do that.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:15 pm 
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That's best I can get. Don't want to scare her.

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Thanks for the extra pic. The bit poking out to the side - is that part of her beak or is that her tongue?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:28 am 
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70%cocoa wrote:
Thanks for the extra pic. The bit poking out to the side - is that part of her beak or is that her tongue?



Part of her beak. My Dad seems to think she didn't get debeaked properly. She has no issues eating or drinking.

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In you other post you said she was an Australorp - It is very unusual for them to be debeaked. It is sometimes done with commercial hybrid layers such as ISA as when overcrowded they can be vicious ,but is increasingly frowned upon and there are now strict guide lines as to how it is done. I would ask some questions from the seller and not purchase from them again if they are debeaking.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:02 am 
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sue55 wrote:
In you other post you said she was an Australorp - It is very unusual for them to be debeaked. It is sometimes done with commercial hybrid layers such as ISA as when overcrowded they can be vicious ,but is increasingly frowned upon and there are now strict guide lines as to how it is done. I would ask some questions from the seller and not purchase from them again if they are debeaking.

Yes I was told she's an Australorp. I will contact produce store she was purchased from. Thanks

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I don't think she's pure Australorp with that eye colour and head shape.

It looks like the broken parts could be cleaned up a bit and filed smooth. Beak material is like your nails. The tip can be cut and filed without a problem but if you go too high it will bleed. I would clip off any excess on the sides with a pair of nail clippers and gently file any rough spots in the direct away from the head. The original tip appears to be gone. It will grow back in but you don't want it to break further or the splits to grow. It's a job easiest done with two people - one holds the bird and the other does the clipping and filing.

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Chicken07 wrote:
I don't think she's pure Australorp with that eye colour and head shape.

It looks like the broken parts could be cleaned up a bit and filed smooth. Beak material is like your nails. The tip can be cut and filed without a problem but if you go too high it will bleed. I would clip off any excess on the sides with a pair of nail clippers and gently file any rough spots in the direct away from the head. The original tip appears to be gone. It will grow back in but you don't want it to break further or the splits to grow. It's a job easiest done with two people - one holds the bird and the other does the clipping and filing.



What colour eyes should an Australorp have? Thanks for all the information. Very helpful.

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Black or dark brown eyes for Australorps.

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Chicken07 wrote:
Black or dark brown eyes for Australorps.



I'm new to backyard chickens. I didn't realise. She must be crossed with something. What other breeds do they get breeding with? Do you know?

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Sometimes produce stores are selling commercial hybrids made from black fowls crossed with others. They do a good job of laying eggs but they are not a purebred Australorp. The hybrid crosses come in black and brown and white. I think that's probably what you have.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:27 pm 
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Chicken07 wrote:
Sometimes produce stores are selling commercial hybrids made from black fowls crossed with others. They do a good job of laying eggs but they are not a purebred Australorp. The hybrid crosses come in black and brown and white. I think that's probably what you have.


Thank you. I'm still happy with her. I like the greens I can see in the feathers.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:02 pm 
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The extra bits have fallen off by themselves.

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