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How can I safely cut a grown chicken's beak?

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Quaise was born deformed, I obtained her from a breeder to have as a pet vs let her be culled. One eye is remarkably too far forward and the top beak curves sharply.

 

She has done well and is an egg laying adult now but her beak gives her issues, I continually trim the tips off the upper and lower beak to help with how badly scissored they have become as she aged, but now I cannot seem to cut as much without bleeding which leaves the top beak dangerously hooked... and today I found her stuck with her beak hooked in the wire of the pen, this is getting dangerous!

 

I am thinking that I really need to all out debeak her to fix this once and for all, but won't it bleed an awful lot to take off the end of her beak? I already cut a little too far once before and it bled quite a lot.

 

How do I do this safely? How do I control the bleeding and just how much do I cut off?

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Quaise was born deformed, I obtained her from a breeder to have as a pet vs let her be culled. One eye is remarkably too far forward and the top beak curves sharply.

She has done well and is an egg laying adult now but her beak gives her issues, I continually trim the tips off the upper and lower beak to help with how badly scissored they have become as she aged, but now I cannot seem to cut as much without bleeding which leaves the top beak dangerously hooked... and today I found her stuck with her beak hooked in the wire of the pen, this is getting dangerous!

I am thinking that I really need to all out debeak her to fix this once and for all, but won't it bleed an awful lot to take off the end of her beak? I already cut a little too far once before and it bled quite a lot.

How do I do this safely? How do I control the bleeding and just how much do I cut off?

Debeaking is the most horrible thing you could do to a chicken. They need their beaks to get anything. Pick up food, scavenge for food, preen their feathers, everything. I understand your point. It is hard to do this, but cross beaked chickens are usually better put down. It is hard for them to live like this. The beak would bleed for a long time if you were to do this, and cause her extreme pain. If it is this bad, I would sadly put her down. Much better than living in pain and you feeding her with a syringe every day.
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Have you tried a dremel to trim the beak?
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Could you post pictures of her beak so we can see how deformed it is and what could be done?

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I have a scissor beak, a few months shy of a year old and I used to trim her beak until it got too thick for what I'm comfortable using (nail clippers).  Then I bit the bullet, paid for an exam by an avian vet and got it dremeled by him.  Now I just bring her in when it needs to be done only paying for the dremeling since we already had the exam done, just like bringing a dog in for a nail trim.  It isn't expensive at all (once that exam is done and over with) and a great option if you're not comfortable doing it, like I am.  Even after watching it done, I don't think I have "what it takes" to dremel a beak, lol.  But my birds are my pets and I understand not everyone feels the same  :)

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