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Last night I found a buff walking around by the ice cream shop on main street so I took her home so she wouldn't get hit by a car. It looks like I was to late. The poor girl's upper beak is broke off at tje end and the lower beak is split into three. She is also missing half of her tail feathers and a lot of her back feathers. She doesn't seem to be eating and she is not drinking very much at all. I would like to be able to help her but am not sure if her beak is save able or not or if she could even survive without a beak of it's not.

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Awww, poor baby. =( Best thing you can do for her is what you already are doing. Keeping her where its quiet and warm, give her electrolytes if you can - pedialtye or prefably save-a-chick packet mix. Not sure what to tell you about her beak. They do grow. Hopefully one of the more experienced members will bump on here soon that will be able to guide you further. Keep us posted on how she's doing. Sending many get well wishes her way.
 

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....just brainstorming...........

I WONDER if a person could "glue" an artificial beak on that chicken ????
( somewhat like some women use artificial "finger-nails" )

You'd need to use a VERY quick-setting glue that is VERY strong....but it seems to me that it might work.
( just brainstorming and wondering )

BUT....I ain't no Chicken-Doctor. :rolleyes: ;)

Ha-Ha !!! :)
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Might be on to something reTIRED. I know they have glue in the stores like Walmart for cuts that are keep but don't quite need stitches. Maybe able to glue those splits back together that way?
 

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I was thinking of something more PERMANENT for a glue.....
.....like a "Quick-Setting" Epoxy.
BUT....you'd need to be very careful that you didn't glue her beak SHUT. :D

NO DOUBT that it would require 2 patient people and some serious SET-UP and planning beforehand.
The UPPER BEAK might be replaced with an acrylic plastic or some plexiglas, perhaps ???

I dunno.
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The upper beak is damaged missing the tip, but the lower beak is what we're realy conserned about. It is split length wise in 3 peices almost back to her face. She seems to be drinking water but we are still trying to get her to eat. We have turned some layer crumbles into a mush for her but aren't realy sure what else we could try to feed her.
 

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I've seen a cockateil live without a bottom beak (at all - ate gruel it's entire life.) There's also people who fix up road smashed turtles, they may be able to give you a better idea on how to fix a beak as it's made of a similar substance. Super Glue does tend to be permanent on hard surfaces. My concern would be more for infection though... You said it was split all the way to the face... which makes me think there may be skin or gum ripping as well. I don't know if there's such thing as chicken anti-biotics? Someone else here might know.
 

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Take her to a vet. I know of a vet that had someone bring a frog that they accidently hit with a car. The lower jaw was split and ripped open. The vet put wires in the jaw and sutured it back together. Best to leave these kind of things to the professionals. There is a reason y they go to school for so long
 

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There are antibiotics available at the local feed stores. Yogurt would be easy for her to eat and full of vitamins for her. Being its a weekend, kind of hard to take her into a vet but maybe tomorrow you could get her in?
 

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We have been giving Buffy antibiotics, pedialite, and soft food since we found her and she is starting to heal. She looks like here beak is starting to heal, but she still has a way to go. If she keeps improving we'll put her outside in the pen that we had the rooster in to get her introduced to the other girls.
 

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Oh that's such good news! :D I've been wondering how she was doing. [ Yay for you Buffy! You have a wonderful home little one! ]
 

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We have a seperate enclosure that I had the rooster in before we got rid of him. So she will be safe but be able to get familiar withe the other girls.
 

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Buffy didn't make it. She was acting like she was on the mend untill last night when she started going downhill fast. Then this morning she died. I think she must have had too much internal damage or something.
 

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:( that's SO.... So.... SAD! Sorry for your loss!
 
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