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Do I ned to trim my 3 week old chicks toe nails?

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I noticed that recently their claws have been growing longer, and I am wondering if they need to be trimed. It is a wellsummer bantam if that makes any difference. If it does need to be trimmed, where is a good thread so I can find out how to do it? Thanks:) 

In my house there are: 4 barred rocks, 4 welsummer bantams, 3 buff orpingtons, 6 rabbits (mini lops), 1 standard poodle, 1 leopard gecko. 
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In my house there are: 4 barred rocks, 4 welsummer bantams, 3 buff orpingtons, 6 rabbits (mini lops), 1 standard poodle, 1 leopard gecko. 
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Not at 3 weeks, certainly not. I never clip nails in my flock as they are outdoors for 12 hours a day and scratching around keeps everything in check. I'm not sure if other members do however.

 

 

 

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I would say NO to trimming also...it's tempting tho, cause those little buggers are sharp aren't they?

 

Are they still in brooder?

Do they get outside time?

 

Maybe put a brick or concrete paver in with them.

You could, very, very, lightly, run an emery board over the ends to take off just to dull down the very tips.


Edited by aart - 11/22/15 at 6:02am

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #4 of 6

When they are young their toenails seem very sharp, but plenty of exercise and things to scratch around in will keep their nails dulled.

 

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   40 waxing and waning free-range birds.
 I truly love animals, both male and female, large and small, regardless of how important humans may shallowly deem them.
I will always miss my Dovey Love.
 
 
 
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I would say NO to trimming also...it's tempting tho, cause those little buggers are sharp aren't they?

 

Are they still in brooder?

Do they get outside time?

 

Maybe put a brick or concrete paver in with them.

You could, very, very, lightly, run an emery board over the ends to take off just to dull down the very tips.

Yes they are still in the brooder, and no they don't get outsied time because its too cold. I'll try putting in a brick. Thanks!

In my house there are: 4 barred rocks, 4 welsummer bantams, 3 buff orpingtons, 6 rabbits (mini lops), 1 standard poodle, 1 leopard gecko. 
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In my house there are: 4 barred rocks, 4 welsummer bantams, 3 buff orpingtons, 6 rabbits (mini lops), 1 standard poodle, 1 leopard gecko. 
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i never trim
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