When we adopted Lennon the Rescue Rooster from Pasado’s Safe Haven, they let us know that he needed some extra care due to his condition when he first arrived at the animal sanctuary. When Lennon first showed up, he had a broken beak. Now, as Lennon’s beak grows, it does so in a way that inhibits him from being able to easily eat, which can leave him malnourished. As per the instructions of Pasado’s poultry veterinarian, Lennon is required to have his beak minimally trimmed by a veterinarian when it begins inhibiting his feed intake.
Beak trimming is not something we typically do, but considering the alternative of Lennon not being able to consume food, we had to weigh our options. Lennon has several large natural rock pavers throughout his run that he instinctively grinds his beak against all the time. Unfortunately, with his deformed beak, he can’t always get the job done on his own, and that’s when he needs a little extra help. To ensure we don’t have the trimming done until necessary, our vet recommended feeling Lennon’s crop each night to make sure it was full (meaning he was eating enough feed). Last week, our Sales Accounts Manager noticed that at bedtime, his crop was less full than usual, so she determined it was time to take him to the vet. While at the vet, we received some great news — Lennon had put on a healthy half pound of weight since we first took him in! He gets excited for breakfast every morning, which is wonderful to see him enjoy eating so much. He’s been receiving our feeds as ferment since the softened up grains ease his precarious eating dilemma, and that half pound is proof that it’s paying off!