Well, sometimes it happens. When hatching chicks you never know what you are going to get, and sometimes the luck of the draw seems to be of the 'cruel' variety. This is a chick named Why:
Why had a normal beak when she hatched 6 weeks ago, the crossbeak appeared
after one week and just got worse and worse. We decided to let her be,
as she was otherwise healthy, and let Nature take it's course--if she
survived without assistance, fine--if she was suffering, we'd help her
on her way, as that would be the kindest thing.
Well, here she is
at 6 weeks old and although she is a bit behind in developing feathers,
she runs around, plays and interacts with her siblings and us normally.
In fact, she has formed a special attachment to the kid, and they play
all over the living room.
So it seems, little Why is here to stay!