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|Diet modification||Some chickens may require tube feeding, with their feed ground up (this can be accomplished through the use of a coffee grinder or blender) with water added to create a wet mash.|
|Surgery||May be indicated or may be a possibility depending on the severity and cause of the deformity. Surgery should only be an avian veterinary surgeon. There are many that specialize in beak reconstructive surgeries. Use our vet directory to find them.|
|Beak trimming||Some chickens may benefit from periodic beak trimming. However, this should only be conducted by an avian veterinarian.|
|Supportive care||Depending on the severity, chickens may or may not need to be kept separate from other flock members. Often they do better when paired with one other chicken 'buddy' and housed separately, to ensure that they don't get picked on and are able to access food and water.|
|If recognized in newly hatched chicks||Applying gentle outward pressure to the beak for 10 minutes, 6 to 8 times daily, may be able to correct some mild, early cases.|
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