Mar 21, 2012

Scissor beak aka: Crossed beak- What it is and How to Manage It

 Scissor beak, aka: crossed beak, crooked beak, is a condition in which the top and bottom beaks do not align properly. It can be caused by genetics, an injury or the inability to maintain the beak’s length and shape by normal honing on rocks or other hard surfaces.

Chickens with scissor beak benefit from small adaptations to feed and water stations.
Scissor beak, aka: crossed beak, crooked beak, is a condition in which the top and bottom beaks do not align properly. It can be caused by genetics, an injury or the inability to maintain the beak’s length and shape by normal honing on rocks or other hard surfaces.
This chick did not appear to have a crossed beak at three days old.
Esther, 3 days old. No sign of crossed beak yet.
At six weeks old, this pullet's beak was already showing signs of being crooked.
Esther at 6 weeks old. The crooked beak beginning to become apparent.
One of my first chicks, Esther, an Easter Egger, was born with with this common genetic deformity. It was so mild that I did not notice it for weeks. Scissor-beak varies in severity, but most chicks can eat and drink independently. Crossed beak need not be an automatic death sentence as believed by some. Most cross-beaked chicks adapt and thrive, leading long, happy lives. However, there are some chicks in which the defect is too severe for them to eat or drink independently and they can not survive without constant assistance.

Esther lived four years until without help eating or drinking. She was put to sleep after being diagnosed with cancer throughout her oviduct and other organs and she is dearly missed. It did take her more time and effort to eat than the other chickens and she was never as large as the other birds, but that is to be expected. 
Scissor beaked hen at 7 weeks old.
Esther at 7 weeks old.
2 year old Easter Egger hen with scissor beak
Since crossed beaked chickens cannot pick up pieces of food using both halves of their beaks as  utensils, they adapt by scooping food into the bottom half of their beaks. I find that it helps to put Esther’s feed in a deep dish, raised up to chest level so it has less distance to travel to reach her tongue than if it were on the ground. This small adaptation is sometimes all it takes to help crossed-beaked chickens eat.
Raising a feeder up to chest level helps chickens with crossed beaks eat.
My homemade PVC feeder was ideal for Esther. 

Some chicks find it easier to eat a feed to which water has been added to make it the consistency of oatmeal. Grinding up feed in a coffee grinder and adding water to make a wet mash may help severely scissor-beaked chickens.
Chickens with crooked beaks should be observed to ensure they are eating enough.
The important thing to watch out for with this condition is that the chicken is able to eat, not only due to their physical limitations but because other flock members may attempt to keep them away from the feed. If that occurs, the chicken should be put in a safe place where only she can access the feed. 
Poultry nipple waterers aid crossed beaked chickens in drinking.
I have found that using a poultry nipple watering system has made drinking much less of an effort for Esther as the water drips into her mouth instead of her having to stoop down, scoop up some in her lower beak and hope that it makes it to the back of her throat when she stands up straight. 
Scissor beaked hen in need of a trim, which is done easily with dog nail clippers.
Esther's beak was in need of trimming in this photo.
Chickens maintain the length and shape of their beaks by wiping them on rocks or other abrasive surfaces while foraging, but scissor beaked chickens have difficulty with this routine task. Due to the severity of Esther’s defect, she cannot hone her beak length independently and we periodically trim it for her using dog nail clippers. A Dremmel tool or file can accomplish the same objective, but the vibration from those methods may be more upsetting to the bird than a quick slip with nail clippers..
(Note: Chickens confined to a run should be provided with a paver, brick or cement block for beak honing.)
 A dog nail clipper and styptic powder are the tools necessary to trim a chicken's beak.
When trimming Esther’s beak, we always have styptic powder at the ready in our chicken first aid kit. Beaks are vascular and if cut too far back, will bleed profusely. Unfortunately, I know this from first-hand experience and it was a frightening lesson in preparedness.
Easter Egger chicken with crossed beak.
 When chicks have scissor beak, it is safe to assume that genetics are to blame, therefore breeding them as adults is not recommended since the condition can be passed down to future generations.
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Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

205 comments :

  1. Shes a cutie! Great info! I enjoy seeing and reading about your chickens, you have alot of experience! Thanks for the great blog!

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    1. Thanks so much, I appreciate that, TroutsChicks!

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  2. Sue Fischer3/21/12, 5:21 PM

    I had a scissor beak a while back--got worse with age. Trimmed it and also used the circular Pedi-Paws battery operated filer for dogs and cats--was able to get a nice and even shape, especially on the sides of the beak. I had good results.

    Thanks for the well written and informative article Kathy.

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    1. That's a great tip, Sue!! I've never used one of those Pedi-Paws tools but you can be sure I'm going to pick one up now!

      Thanks so much. :)

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  3. I would be so afraid to clip my own birds beak. I only clip my dog's nails because they're clear and I can see the quick.

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    1. I am too skidgy about clipping my dog's toenails myself, nevermind my hen's! My husband doesn't seem to mind though, so he takes care of all the pedicures and beakicures around here! LOL

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  4. Jamie Sosby3/21/12, 5:44 PM

    My chick has this and is missing an eye. Its less than a week old. I had to help it out of the shell. I seen its beak i thought it hurt it self trying to get out so i helped it then i saw that one eye is enlarged and one eye is just not there. It chirps a lot. I never see it eat or drink. It also has extra toes like his dad. So i think its genetic what caused this. But not sure. The other chicks from same mom and dad have extra toes also but are fine. I think i will try the water down food trick. Thanks for posting this : )

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    1. There is no doubt these conditions are genetic. If he has not eaten in a week, I fear the worst for him even with help. You can try feeding him with an eye dropper or small syringe right now and hope that he can become strong enough to be self sufficient some day. Kudos to you for trying. Please let me know how he fares.
      Best wishes to you both.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this! I was feeding our chicks and changing out their water the other day and one of them caught my eye because I noticed the beak looked a little to the side like. I'll have to keep a close eye on her.

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    1. My pleasure, Noel! You just want to keep an eye on her to be sure she is eating enough (it can be tough to tell. Some will require help and others manage well on their own.

      Let me know how she progresses!

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  6. She looks so sweet! Thankfully in 11 years of keeping chickens, I have never run into this problem, but this is a great post to remember if I ever do. Thanks so much!
    Blessings,
    Susie

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    1. Hi Susie! She is a sweetie. I appreciate your comment and thank you for following along!

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  7. I have one that has recently been born and it can't walk. He has big legs and feet, but can't seem to hold himself up. I'm not sure what to do. He was born 5 days ago. I've been giving him water with electrolyte for days, but doesn't seem to be able to stand. Gets around fine on the belly. He can't live like that. He is so sweet and cute. Has anyone ever had this problem? Do you think he will catch up and eventually walk on his feet?

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    1. Please check out my blog post on spraddle leg, which can be found in the right-hand margin, under 'Find a topic in my Blog' under 'spraddle leg.' Just click on that and it will bring you to the blog post.

      If the chick appears to have spraddle leg it is very easily fixed but needs to be done as soon as possible for the best result. It is entirely possible for spraddle leg to be fixed within a few days but if not addressed, it can be a permanent deformity that will prevent him from leading a normal life or worse.

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  8. I love that last pic of Esther! She looks so sassy. Thanks for another great post, Kathy.

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    1. She is such a sweet chicken, that photo was totally out of character for her but I had to include it b/c it's just so funny!

      Thanks Coco. :)

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  9. I have a chick that is one week old with this condition. She is also missing an eye. It is pretty severe, and she does not scoop her food or water. I syringe feed her every three hours, and she is doing well. I am just scared that it is going to get worse when she gets older. Is there anything you can do to help prevent it from getting worse? Or do you think it will get better when her beak gets bigger and she will be able to scoop food with it? I couldn't find much information on this condition online, and am just scared for my poor birds future. I have been syring feeding her around the clock for a week so I am pretty attached & don't want her to go downhill. I keep water & food mash in her cage as well so if she gets hungry she can teach herself to eat.

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    1. Never say never but...it seems unlikely that if she is unable to eat and drink on her own that she will do so later on, but it's always possible.

      As you can see, Esther's beak got much worse as she grew so she started out self-sufficient and learned to adapt. I worry that your girl may not have the same fighting chance. Just keep an eye on her and see if she can figure it out because without constant daily attention, she won't be able to make it on her own. Bless your heart for helping her get this far.

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  10. I am so thrilled to have run across this info! I have had a RIR with the condition, I named her 'Crooked Beak' - I had no idea how or why she was special needs, she also has the funky-smashed-in-like eye!
    She has no trouble eating and seems to be quite high in the pecking order of my 28 gals - she hatched in the spring of 2009 and lives very heartily! Thanks for the info and for the shares from everyone else!!

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  11. Thank you so much for posting this. I have a 5 week old chick that has a crossed beak. It isn't too bad now, but like Esther, it will probably get worse. I ordered 25 chicks and she is the "mystery" chick that McMurray hatchery includes, so I'm not sure what she is! She looks blue or lavender. She is small but eats fine. She's so cute and seems to hold her own! I named her Betty White!
    Love your blog, Robin

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  12. Thanks for the great info...our Silkie rooster has scissor beak as well. Reading your blog on this reaffirmed what we have been doing..we use the nail trimmer as well..and always prepared for possibility of cutting to far back...thanks again!!

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  13. I did an internet search and found your article to be the best for info and least scary - all others say to put my girl down! Just noticed one of our Buckeyes w/a crossed beak. She seems to be the friendliest of the bunch and seems to have no problems yet w/eating or drinking. Will keep an eye on her and hopefully she'll be just fine. This is our first year w/chickens and we're still trying not to panic when issues come up.

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  14. Thanks very much for all the info.. me and my hubby are in to chicks and just got 4 chicks( easter eggers* and our black has crossed beak.. she seems to be doing well eating a drinking find.. at what time. age should we start trimming her beak?
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    Robyn

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    1. Hi Robyn! When the top beak begins to interfere wtih closing the lower beak or it appears as though she's having difficulty scooping food up into her mouth, that's when she'll need a trim.

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  15. Kathy,
    Thank you for posting about this topic. I have a little cross beaked silkie. Im not real sure on where or how to trim her beak. and is the beak like toe nails on dogs...if you take off a little every few days the quick will move back? Are you filing the tips or sides or?

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    1. That's a great question. Chickens do have a blood supply in their beaks just like dogs do in their nails but I'm not sure if it recesses or not.

      We cut too far back once and it was a nightmare, it took hours to stop the bleeding regardless of which product we used. It's best to take only a little at at time until her top beak is just a little longer than her lower beak, as it would be normally. I don't file Esther's beak but you certainly can if you prefer.

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  16. I have a severe crossbeak that cannot feed on her own. So far, I have been feeding her with a syringe. Let's hope it works!

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    1. At some point she's either going to have to learn to eat on her own or you're going to have to feed her by hand her entire life. That's a real challenge and I hope she's able to figure it out.
      You can try putting some water on her feed,making a mash out of it, play with different consistencies to see if one is better than another for her.

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  17. I have one and am scared to death. There isnt any one with in 2 hr distance that will help and the vet will not look at it. I dont know what to do it is getting worse.....

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    1. As long as she can eat and drink, it's not a problem. There is nothing that can be done to fix it, only accommodations made for helping her eat and drink and keeping it trimmed as outlined above.

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  18. Thank you Kathy for posting this. I was not sure what it was, now I know. We call our chicken Prissy and her name fits her. She's been living in the house since tropical storm Debbie. I've built her own little coup in the office. She comes and goes as she pleases and thinks that she's a dog. Here is a tip that I have learned. You're right about keeping their food deep, but be sure to make it a big sided pot so you don't get food every where. She tried several ways of eating and now eats with her head between her legs.

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  19. Thank you! This was so useful for help with our little Pico Torcido!! She has a sever cross beak and we want to raise her as a house chicken!

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  20. Thank you for helping me with this information. We have the cutest little cross beaked chick called Pico Torcido! we are trying to raise her as a house chicken and will be journaling our progress on Pico's own facebook page! She is sooo worth any special effort!

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  21. I may have posted twice--sorry--I'm new to all this--just erase this and one other. I'll get it eventually! (fingers crossed)

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  22. We have an Ameraucana with a crossed beak that is quite severe. We noticed it when she was about three weeks old. She uses her tongue to lick up feed, but as she grows that has become harder, so now I make her a smoothie and that is what she eats all the time. I make it from wet cat food, yogurt, and starter chick feed. I mix it in a blender and pour it into individual containers. She eats two a day, so I go through it quickly. Now I made big batches and freeze them! This smoothie has helped her start to grow better, but she still looks really strange. She's a weird shape and her feathers aren't fully formed and they hang oddly. And she doesn't have many feathers on her neck. But we love her -- my kids especially.

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  23. Thanks Kathy! I have a super ugly & very mean little silky roo with crossed beak. I've been trimming his beak & he loves it! It makes it just a little bit sharper for when he bites me. :) I have no idea why I like him so much...

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  24. davisefletcher11/13/12, 12:02 PM

    Here is Fugly. His scissor beak is VERY severe. He thinks he is a dog and follows us around the property, meets us at the front gate, pecks at the screen door to get in. So funny. I will have to look into trimming his beak although he is one of our biggest, happiest , and healthiest chickens. Thanks for the info!!!

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  25. TheChickenChick11/13/12, 4:17 PM

    What a character! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  26. dragonflyc17-552/24/13, 2:49 AM

    I had a ameraucana hen that had a severe scissor beak. It got so bad she could not eat at all. I ended up tubefeeding her. I also took her to a compassionate vet who trimmed her beak. He tought me how to tube feed her. He recommended feeding her babyfood for parrrots and that type of bird. It is higher in calories and helped her gain weight. Tube feeding is a bit tricky, since you can easily end up getting the food in the lungs. Which unfortunately I ended up doing one hurried afternoon. And my sweet Buty died. But she was a sweet bird, who traveled on my shoulder and snuggled under my hair. I was blessed to have her for a little while.

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  27. TheChickenChick2/26/13, 10:56 PM

    Very sad story. You were a good chicken mama to her while she was here though.

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  28. I have a Silkie rooster with scissor beak. It takes him forever to eat, but as you say, he's fine with that. I'll be trying the shallow dish up higher though. Thanks!

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  29. Can I get your measurements for the recipe you used? I have a 2-4 week old mottled duccle chick that was in a box I was given and he/she's is really bad. I have been trying to feed every couple of hours with mashed up starter feed & water but I don't think he/she is getting enough because it always crying.

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  30. Kellie Hicks7/10/13, 10:22 PM

    I have a crossed beak chicken her name is BB for Bent Beak. She seems to be doing fine right now, but would like some ideas on what to feed her. I feel bad that she cant get the treats that i throw out to the others. Any ideas of what might be good to feed her for treats. I do use a deep dish to feed her chicken feed with scratch on top. going to try the cat food/yogurt/feed combo. When she drinks she uses her tongue to kind of lap it up like a dog.

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  31. TheChickenChick7/10/13, 11:42 PM

    She should eat layer feed. I found that my hen did better with pellets than crumbles. If you need to add water to make a mash, that may help her, but i never had to do that for my scissor-beaked girl.

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  32. TheChickenChick7/11/13, 12:01 AM

    I didn't use measurements for anything, Angie. Sorry.

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  33. crazychickenlady7/25/13, 10:10 PM

    We have a 10 day old chick with a crossed beak. It appears to be eating fine, but not preening itself. Any suggestions?

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  34. TheChickenChick7/25/13, 10:40 PM

    She'll be fine without the ability to preen.

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  35. Laurie Crawford8/14/13, 8:14 PM

    I have a crossed beak and she is laying now. I have read articles on clipping their beaks, but they have never said which part of the beak to clip, top or bottom? or both? Is there any pictures or video on the actual clipping of them that you are aware of? I do clip her beak but would feel better about it if I had more knowledge. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

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  36. TheChickenChick8/14/13, 10:52 PM

    Take a look at a normal beak and if one or both halves of her beak are over-grown, clip or file them.

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  37. We have a little Barred Rock that has a moderately severe scissor beak. Lately we've noticed she's been getting really skinny, do have any advice on how to feed her and get food to her? The other girls don't bother her when they feed, and we already feed her a special oatmeal, cottage cheese, boiled egg, etc. mixture daily, along with yummy leftovers of fruit and veggies. We've already trimmed some of her beak, in the morning we'll finish. Thanks in advance!

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  38. TheChickenChick9/18/13, 10:24 PM

    I would not feed her a special diet, she's probably missing out on lots of nutrients that way. Stick with a commercial feed, but try putting some water in it to make a mash. Experiment with different textures until you find one that works for her. You may need to separate her while she eats so the others don't steal her mash.

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  39. I haver a feral that have sccisor beak. I do not know the origing of the problem if genetics or sometning else

    Would a x ray reveal the origing of the problem

    How is diagnosed the origing of sccisor beak in birds?

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  40. Kellie Hicks11/24/13, 6:51 PM

    We have a crossed beak girl. Her name is BB for Bent Beak. This is her first winter and I was worried she wouldn't be able to get enough to eat so i bought a goat trough that I fill with food. It is like 3' long and 4 or 5 inches wide and deep. I have a 2 liter pop bottle that i cut the top part off and fill it with 5 or 6 full of those. It works great I fill it like once a week whereas the regular chicken feeders i was filling every other day. Because I use crumbles there ends up being "crumbs" left that don't get eaten so I collect those in a container and then at night mix some with hot water for them so they have a nice warm meal before bed.

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  41. Kellie Hicks11/24/13, 6:55 PM

    Be careful trimming. I read all kinds of things about it so I gave it a try and ended up making it bleed even though I didn't trim very much off. It took FOREVER to get it to stop. The best thing I used to get it to stop was flour. But had to keep packing it in and around the end of the beak.

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  42. Kellie Hicks11/24/13, 6:59 PM

    I tried pellets twice and she has a worse time with those. She is very picky. She only likes crumbles and scratch. i do crumble bread and mix with her scratch. She can't even eat worms...Poor girl...but I love her to death. She doesn't even like mash any more. She lays though every day a pale pinkish color egg.

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  43. Kellie Hicks11/24/13, 7:01 PM

    My BB will only eat crumbles and seems to do quite well with them.

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  44. I had a scissor beak chicken I fed her out of a cup so she could eat.

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  45. Denise Ribbecke1/6/14, 2:36 AM

    I had a cross beaked ameraucana also. She was severely cross beaked and I used to take her to the vet to get her beak trimmed. She was not gaining weight and I ended up tube feeding her. You have to very carefull to not get the tube in the lung. The vet showed me how. He also had me use baby parrot food to which I added water. This is what I put in the syringe to feed her every two hours. One day I was being rushed and got it into her lung. It was a very sad day for me. She used to ride on my shoulder and I would take her everywhere with me.

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  46. TheChickenChick1/7/14, 12:14 AM

    Very sad Denise. I'm sorry for your loss. :(

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  47. Denise Ribbecke1/7/14, 2:37 AM

    Thank you. It happened many years ago, but I still miss her very much.

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  48. Catherine Ghering3/29/14, 11:23 PM

    OH MY!! I did not know this could happen!! Learning something new on you site every day!!!

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  49. Debbie Jaynes3/30/14, 12:04 AM

    Always such good information. Thank you!

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  50. Stacey Pennington4/3/14, 2:52 PM

    I have one like this and SO happy to know it may still live a happy, healthy life. We of course like you didnt have any signs as a baby chick, but now at 5 weeks old it is very apparent.

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  51. Miss Chookie4/11/14, 4:48 AM

    Hi. I also have a scissor beak chook and she is around 30 weeks. I have been feeding her layer mash mixed with yoghurt, water, and sometimes cat meat. I have noticed that she is getting skinny and wondered what I could try feeding her to put on and keep on the weight during winter. Thanks

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  52. I have a 9 week Silkie who has a cross beak...her name is BuckBeak...she like ever one else is saying is doing well, eats and drinks ok...however I have been giving the babies June Bugs now and she can't get them. I feel so bad for her. Can you provide instructions on how to trim the beak...the top or the bottom...like you, I do not want to hurt her. Thank you!!

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  53. Gina Jacobs4/17/14, 3:18 PM

    I saved one chick from the feed store last year, her name was Gertrude, and she was an Americauna too! Her scissor beak was apparent right away and she only made it for about 3 weeks. Just could not eat enough to grow as fast as the rest of her chick-mates. So sad!

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  54. Hi, I have my first flock (5 orange buff, 6 Americana, and 1 bantam). My favorite one has this now and I'm not sure what to do. She's really young, like 3-5 weeks old. I just noticed today. Is there something I can mix up to feed her? Her name is Hiccup and I got her because she was so weird and calm and adorable. I willing to do what ever it takes.....

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  55. thank you so much for all ur interesting info:) i have a scissor beak araucana hen, she is the most friendly and we have bonded with her more than the rest of the hens we have... I will definitely try and trim her beak...

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  56. Poultry should not eat bread. I can't tell you why but I've read that it's not good for them.

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  57. We saved an Americana from our local farm store; we noticed a slight scissor beak and thought we would try to save her and if not, give her the best little life she could have. We fed her separately from the other's and watched to ensure she was eating enough. Sadly, over time her beak got worse and worse and today, she passed. She was about 7 weeks, and the loviest chicken I had ever encountered. Her name was Edwina Scissor-Beak, and my daughter and I were very sad to see her go. It seems this is a common issue with Americanas. Thank you for putting up this information :)

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  58. Barbara Horton6/26/14, 3:22 PM

    I read this weeks ago after porting to your FB page about our little hen Eddie. She is still with us and growing well. Her beak is severely deformed and we find it helps to feed her with a syringe on days when she cant seem to get enough to eat. She prefers to be with humans, but is well accepted in our small remaining flock of 7 Silkies and one Japanese bantam hen. She just got her first diaper.... looks like she is going to be with us for awhile!

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  59. You're a good chicken mama, Barbara.

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  60. i have an amazing house chicken named madame scissor (i know not the most unique name) her beak was severely crossed at only a few days old she is now 6 1/2 mos old we feed her in a small plastic trashcan so she can scratch and kick without making a huge mess lol it works great! she also gets special treats her favs are oatmeal smashed strawberries and carrots that have been put thru the blender...she is amazing! she has learned how to use the doggie door and comes and goes as she pleases but always comes in to eat so there is no bullying. she sleeps perched on her feed can in the house and goes outside to play with her brothers and sisters.first thing in the morning idont know where to begin as far as trimming or filing her beak i am really very afraid of hurting her but i think a trim may make it easier for her to eat and drink i would love a trimming a scissor beak for dummies tutorial :)~

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  61. I have a cross beaked Rhode Island Red, We call her Sissy! From the time we got the 6 of them Sissy was the first to do everything.. the first and only to jump on my hand, the first outside for the first time..when I patted my leg and called her up she jumped up and my husband was blown away.. her beak started to get crooked at about 3 weeks.. and has just got worse over the weeks.. she was the biggest when we got her but now is the smallest.. I was so concerned about that I started a mix in a deep bowl, I put the feed in and then I add whatever I can, today it was the feed, chopped fine apple, chopped fine raisins, fine grated carrots, and fried scrambled eggs, some wheat germ, some oatmeal and some canned pea's and then I add water and mix it into a mush.. when we take it in she Lords over the bowl, and even pushes the other hens away.. I want to trim her beak but I am scared that I will hurt her.. She can eat worms,it takes her several tries but once she gets a hold of it she swallows it down like it was a spaghetti noodle! She seems to be doing a little better now that we have been feeding her this way. Any suggestions on the trimming would be appreciated.. her lower beak goes way to the right, her upper beak seems to be normal.. I can see the pink in her lower beak and I am sure that is what I should avoid when I clip! Thanks!

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  62. Peggy Kolesar8/16/14, 8:13 PM

    One of my EE @ 12 weeks has developed scissor beak, I was hoping that trimming her lower beak would cause the top one to fall back into alignment..wasn't able to cut it far enough back, managed to hit the quick, so her beak is still messed up..glad to have your page to refer to when I saw her..seemed to happen overnight, but she is one that doesn't like me to get too close..

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  63. Lena Franceschini8/22/14, 10:00 PM

    I have a scissor beaked Easter egger named Twisted Sister. When she was still a chick I had her beak professionally cut down. She has been doing great on her own, but I have noticed her beak is getting quite long... She's about 11 months old now. Should I be trimming her beak regularly? Or is that not really necessary?

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  64. Yes, it's necessary if it is too long.

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  65. Jackie Moore Maphis9/4/14, 9:56 AM

    THank you for this thread, I will be sitting with my sisters scissor beak girl while sis has surgery and wondered what I could do to improve her situation while I have her. She is now hand fed mash, perhaps she will learn to eat crumbles by applying the taller bowl technique.

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  66. How do I go about trimming my chickens beaks and nails?

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  67. 99.9% of chickens do not need their beaks or nails trimmed, only crooked beaks usually.
    If you need to trim it's done the same way you'd trim a dog's toenails.

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  68. Steph Wells11/9/14, 6:44 PM

    I have a sweet little scissor beak named Strawberry. She has special food in the garage that she likes to eat right out of the bag. (small 10 pounder) She knows right where it is and runs for it first thing in the am and since only she can get to it, she takes as long as she needs without being bothered.

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  69. Thanks a lot for the advice

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  70. Thank you I just thought sense I am always messing with my chickens there nails have gotten longer then they were they scratch and need a little trim

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  71. I have a one eyed, scissor beaked Bielefelder named GooGoo Gertie. She eats, drinks, and forages very well, but I have tried to trim her beak a few times as it gets pretty long and curvy. I was wondering how far down is recommended to trim. Should I be trimming the bottom beak as well?

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  72. Pam Zuber Day11/22/14, 5:05 PM

    Thanks for the great info! Going in my "chicken" file...

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  73. Glad to know it's not a death sentence!

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  74. Carolyn Domingue Heineken11/22/14, 5:12 PM

    I have been fortunate do far too not have a chicken with cross beak but it's good to know how to handle it just in case.

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  75. Melanie Langston-Bazzell11/22/14, 5:14 PM

    I have a parrot lost mobility of his beak and now is because really long and I have to have it trimmed. Maybe I can file it myself

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  76. Michele Rutter11/22/14, 5:16 PM

    I have 19 hungry chickens & 14 more in the brooder, yikes!!!

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  77. Aww, poor girl! I'm going to watching my chicks beaks a little closer now. They're 2 1/2 months old and look fine so far

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  78. Cheryl Murphy11/22/14, 5:36 PM

    Esther is beautiful with her crooked beak . It must be a struggle though for those inflicted, poor babies

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  79. Lisa Lynne McIntire11/22/14, 5:39 PM

    Thank you so much for all the info you share! I grew up with chickens, but have learned more in the last 2 years,than I ever imagined there was to know. And now with your help I'm learning even more. I don't just take them for granted, they are truly pets with thier own personalities.

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  80. I haven't had to deal with scissor beak yet but your blog has made me feel prepared if it ever does come up. Thanks!

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  81. Susan Fischer11/22/14, 6:17 PM

    Very informative. Thanks again, Kathy!

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  82. Cheryl Prehn11/22/14, 6:24 PM

    What a great post with great information! I love Nutrena feeds for my horses and I'm sure the chickens will love it too!

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  83. Valerie Nelson11/22/14, 6:57 PM

    very helpful information,, I never had a chicken with scissor beak in the 30 years I have had them..

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  84. Ruth Mizzell11/22/14, 7:04 PM

    Thank goodness I haven't had to deal with this.bumblefoot was stressful enough

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  85. Nice information to know should I ever need it.

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  86. sign us up please... thanks.. and
    "hey" to Rachel

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  87. I will be hatching for the first time in 20 days(hopefully). Your blogs will help me stay prepared for whatever issue(s) I might run into. Thanks so much!

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  88. I used to have scissors beak in my EE's. My favorite was Fluff (lost her to a hawk this summer) she was a bossy little thing and insisted one being with me.....including sleeping on a blanket at the head of the bed.

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  89. Interesting, i learn so much from your blog. Thank you
    Hope I win :)

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  90. Jo Ann Foresee11/22/14, 10:06 PM

    Love your site!

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  91. Jenn Gregory11/22/14, 10:52 PM

    Haven't had to deal with this yet.. But with my 11 current girls and many more in the future I'm sure it'll come up. Thanks for the tips!!

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  92. Thanks for the great info.

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  93. Amanda Caldwell11/23/14, 1:20 AM

    Good info.

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  94. I've got a scissor beaked silkie cockerel. He's at the point where I need to trim his beak and I'm terrified. I've never had to trim beaks before! So here I am, poring through your information. Helpful, as always!

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  95. Michele Moore11/23/14, 10:09 AM

    Thanks for the good info.

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  96. Becky Branham Dimon11/23/14, 12:49 PM

    Esther was SO blessed to have you care for her!! How in world do you MAIL a 50 lb. bag of feed?! LOL!

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  97. Renee Bonneau Sturgis11/23/14, 10:17 PM

    Great information! I didn't know scissor beak could be corrected!

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  98. that is some crazy stuff! i never heard of this till now!

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  99. DreadPiratePatty11/24/14, 10:43 AM

    I have two little scissor beaked chickens. A cream legbar rooster and an easter egger hen. Both are so sweet and completely worth the extra care they require. I hope more people read this blog and know that it's not a reason to cull!

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  100. I didn't know that condition existed.

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  101. Barbara Bogan Bealer11/24/14, 10:45 AM

    Would love to win this feed, but don't know if I could afford the shipping!

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  102. I have one with scissor beak, so far it's not as bad as Esther's, but will keep an eye on it.

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  103. Gale Lanning Conner11/24/14, 10:48 AM

    Great info!

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  104. Michelle Billoni Jordan11/24/14, 10:49 AM

    Good to know. Love the info I get from your blogs

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  105. Very good article on scissor beak! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  106. Malia Walker11/24/14, 10:49 AM

    I have parrots as well as chickens and have seen the condition before. Good info for those who don't know about it.

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  107. diane ferguson11/24/14, 10:50 AM

    Thank you for your insite on raising chicken and for all the opportunities for the giveaways.

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  108. I had a cockatoo with scissorbeak!

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  109. Cheryl Murphy11/24/14, 10:52 AM

    I know this isn't about scissor beak but I want you to know I made a poop rake yesterday out of an old stall mucking rake that I had and I love it!! It cleans all the little pieces I couldn't get with a rake and should in my run YEA I am so oddly excited Thanks for the info Kathy !

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  110. Leslie Hopper-Broussard11/24/14, 10:53 AM

    I love learning about keeping chickens, I am raising my first flock!

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  111. Good to know info. Thank you and hoping all is good with you.

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  112. Cheryl Murphy11/24/14, 10:53 AM

    Oh yeah I also would love a bag of Nutrena feed

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  113. Valerie Jensen11/24/14, 10:56 AM

    Feed is a good thing! The girls eat a lot more during the winter when they can't get outside. Hmmmm. Not too difference from me��.

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  114. Melissa Roman11/24/14, 10:57 AM

    Great information!

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  115. Brendan Witherell11/24/14, 10:57 AM

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  116. Polly Hershey11/24/14, 10:57 AM

    Esther looks nice and healthy since she gets such good care from her Mom! I would love to win this feed!

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  117. Always good information on here!!!

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  118. Amanda Wilson11/24/14, 11:00 AM

    Nutrena feed is the best!

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  119. Tanya Miroshnichenko11/24/14, 11:02 AM

    You are amazing, you know everything about chickens, thank you for all the info and such a wonderful website.

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  120. Penny Coffman11/24/14, 11:04 AM

    I love that you won in court. I love your page and I love your give a ways.

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  121. Akaemi Nicole Ferris11/24/14, 11:09 AM

    love your stuff!!! keep it up! hope i win!

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  122. I don't have that problem, but I am very thankful for all the helpful information on your blogs and posts!

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  123. Mystik'l Bullmastiffs11/24/14, 11:32 AM

    An extra bag of feed is always something I need. Would love to win. Linda

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  124. Amanda Sprock-Poggas11/24/14, 11:33 AM

    ;)

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  125. Awesome! Feed can be costly! I appreciate the giveaways and keep up the good work!

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  126. That is good to know.

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  127. Michell Jordan11/24/14, 11:59 AM

    Wonderful information to keep in my chicken file!

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  128. Thanks for the info! We would love to win the feed!

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  129. Kathryn Crawford11/24/14, 12:17 PM

    Thanks for the great info!!

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  130. yvonne miller11/24/14, 12:17 PM

    Always in need of good feed and when I need good info., I hit your page to keep up on the latest. Thanks for all you do :)

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  131. Always sharing good information for chicken lovers here!

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  132. good info. thanks.

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  133. Caitlyn Ralston11/24/14, 12:44 PM

    Great info! I would love to win some chicken feed too! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  134. Please enter me and thank you, now what about their toe nails, I have a sultan mix and her nails are so long and curly it's difficult for her to walk or jump up and down off the roost

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  135. I love all your contests, thanks for all your hard work!

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  136. Thanks for all the good information, it has been very helpful.

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  137. Jenn Werner-Williams11/24/14, 12:55 PM

    Thanks for the info!!! We love your blog!

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  138. Jeanette Ford11/24/14, 12:59 PM

    Love the article! I learn something new everyday.

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  139. We always need feed

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  140. Troop Teri Wilkening11/24/14, 1:07 PM

    Love your site!

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  141. Rebecca blake11/24/14, 1:11 PM

    Wow! Scary!

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  142. We'd could really use some feed! It'd be great to win. :)

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  143. It just amazes me how many things go wrong with chickens. Are the old heritage breeds any less susceptible?

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  144. Katy Herring11/24/14, 1:58 PM

    You always have the most informative information! Thanks!

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  145. This blog is always full of great information for chicken owners ♡♡♡♡

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  146. Great Info! A change of feed might just be what the girls need!!

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  147. Feed is always needed

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  148. As always great information.

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  149. This was new to me

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  150. Love your blog and all of your great info!

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  151. kskountrygirl11/24/14, 3:21 PM

    I am so very happy that you won the law suit. It is a precedent that hopefully will allow others to keep their backyard chickens. The Chicken Chick rules!!!

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  152. Rhonda Riley11/24/14, 3:27 PM

    Good info. Thank you

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  153. Would love to win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  154. Ann-maree Rain11/24/14, 4:08 PM

    Nutrena is undoubtedly one of the most awesome chicken foods. I have my five hens on Feather Fixer and it is brillant! Feathers grow back really quick. I am fortunate to have never had to have a hen with scissor beak. Great article!

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  155. We've only had one scissor beak so far, and pretty mild, so no issues yet. But love your website as resource whenever something new does appear in our flock!

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  156. Another very informative article!! Thank you for this great resource.

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  157. Cassandra Carriker11/24/14, 4:54 PM

    Good info!

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  158. Wonderfull info

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  159. Diane Stevens11/24/14, 5:24 PM

    love nutrena feeds, and love your info on scissor beaks!

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  160. Tina VandenHeuvel11/24/14, 5:25 PM

    i am hoping I one day soon can switch over to this brand of food for my Girlz and it will be because they have started laying!!

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  161. Nails should not be curled- you'll want to trim them.

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  162. Another fantastic, informative article! Thank you!

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  163. My girls love their Nutrena food! My new chicks on the starter grower went crazy when I introduced the Nutrena non-medicated crumbles! Pick me pleas :-)

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  164. Michele Rutter11/24/14, 5:51 PM

    Great info on scissor beak, I have not encountered it but will look at this again if I ever do.

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  165. Great info. I had one chick with scissors beak. Unfortunately it was extremely bad and it only lived about 4 days once the beak started to twist. She only lived a week total.

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  166. Would love to win!

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  167. Chloe Howard11/24/14, 6:32 PM

    Great info on scissor beak, never encountered it but I'll keep an eye out.

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  168. Jennifer Bortell11/24/14, 6:52 PM

    I have been luck enough not to have it in my flick. Great information as usual.

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  169. Definitely always have a need for feed!

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  170. With 27 hens and 1 roo, I can always use more feed:).

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  171. I let Fluff breed but never let her hatch any. Haven't had it show up since...Fluff was a great pet.

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  172. I am learning so much great information. It'll come in handy for when I get setup in the spring.

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  173. Tanya Nashel Miller11/24/14, 7:31 PM

    Yeah!!! Chicken food!!!

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  174. Poor little girl.... such a pity to see her like that.
    Please enter me in the feed giveaway.... we sure need it. Every penny counts here and sometimes we all suffer because of it..... Mahalo

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  175. This is my first year raising chickens and your website has taught me so much! I have 6 hens and they have had 6 eggs every day since they started laying in August. I love these ladies!
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  176. Ferne McAllister11/24/14, 8:16 PM

    Would love to try the Nutrena products.

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  177. With 31 hens I can't have too much feed.

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  178. Linda Lemiere-Zile11/24/14, 9:16 PM

    Yes great info that we all need to know!

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  179. Wendy Karcher11/24/14, 9:42 PM

    Great info, Thanks Kathy.

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  180. Tiffany Winget11/24/14, 10:37 PM

    Thank you for all of your great info, as I have just entered the chicken ring (2 months, 4 hens)

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  181. Melissa Bridges Austin11/24/14, 11:08 PM

    I love reading everything here. I am new to the chicken family and all your info helps me out so much!

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  182. Kim Erbes McCary11/24/14, 11:37 PM

    I love your approach to the proper care of chickens!

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  183. I would love to win a bag of feed!

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  184. Sandy B. Hurlbert11/25/14, 1:40 AM

    We can always use more feed...we have a need! A need for feed!

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  185. Laura Dean Cannon11/25/14, 1:42 AM

    Luckily, I haven't had to deal with this yet, but I appreciate the info!

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  186. Melanie Jones11/25/14, 6:06 AM

    Thanks for the great information. Learning a lot about keeping my backyard chickens.

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  187. Sue Merrifield Meserve11/25/14, 7:41 AM

    Thanks for another great giveaway contest!

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