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post #1 of 59
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I was just wondering if anyone actally trims their chickens beaks when they get long. I don't mean cutting the top beak back to where it will never grow out again, just trimming the tip back. I have a couple of chickens that need a trim quite often. I use the dog nail clippers to do the job. I was wondering if long beaks hinder them while trying to eat. It also looks like they could do a lot more damage to another bird with that dagger hanging off their face. Why do some birds need a trim and others never do? DO they actually need a trim or am I just being overly sensitive to their looks?

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post #2 of 59

My Blue Andalusians have daggers sticking out of their faces.  I've never trimmed them.  They don't seem to impede eating or drinking, in fact, it really helps with tough treats like pumpkin.  I've not had any picking issues.

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post #3 of 59

If beaks get too long, you can shorten them by just filing them with an emery board.

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post #4 of 59
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pips&peeps :

If beaks get too long, you can shorten them by just filing them with an emery board.


I tried that and my roo tried to eat the emery board. How do you hold their heads still long enough to file the beak?

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post #5 of 59

You'll just have to work with him.  Try petting him for a while and playing with his hackles like you are grooming him and he should settle down.

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post #6 of 59
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OH MY, I start petting and playing with the old mans hackles he might get the wrong idea!lau

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post #7 of 59

i've never heard of trimming beaks.  Do they grow the way nails do?  My birds beaks seem to stay the same length over time.

Colleen
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post #8 of 59
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They must grow like fingernails. Most birds wear them back by pecking around but some seem to grower faster than others or are maybe harder and wear down slower. I have only 2 birds that I trim their beaks on a regular basis. My fingernails grow slowly and are soft. My sister's fingernails grow fast and are as hard as nails.gig Maybe chicken beaks are the same.

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Mom to 11 chihuahuas and a sheltie. Breeding Blue Bantam Cochins and Blue Mottled Bantam Cochins.  Life is what you make it so make it the best you can.
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post #9 of 59

If your chickens are let out in a run everyday, they usually will not need a beak trimming.

Since mine spend significant time cooped up inside, occasionaly I will need to take the dremel tool to their beaks.

post #10 of 59

Well gosh, i learn something new on this board every day!

Colleen
EE, Silkies, Showgirls, Bantam Cochin, WCB Polish, D'Anver, Porcelain D'Uccle, Bantam Salmon Faverolle, some interesting mixes, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Persians, Ducks.

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