Was just releasing some off our Grey Partridge out of the pens and noticed a couple of birds with a very pronounced hooked beak.
We got ex-layers this year instead off poults and i persume it is from when they were bitted in the laying cages?, but they have probably been unbitted now for a month or more. They look healthy enough althou i haven't actually handled them, but definately looks as thou its not a problem so far and is not holding them back.
My question is Is it worth doing anything/trimming beak (sharp sciscors, snips etc) or will it not bother them and just wear down, i usually keep them on pellets as long as poss (dec time atleast) incase that makes a difference to how quick it wears down. Does look quite bad but they seem quite happy
I know some game farmers used de-beak young pheas when rearing instead off bitting(never done it thou) but am i right in saying u no longer do that any more, and it was done with a hot tool designed for it