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Trimming Chicken Toenails

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Some of our chickens have very long toenails that curve.  Can they be safely trimmed?  How do you know how much to cut off?

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Yes they can be safely trimmed.   A lot easier if someone helps you.  And wrapping the chicken in a towel makes it a lot easier.

 

If you can see the pulp = pink flesh in the proximal nail, try not to cut that.   But even carefully cutting, you may see some bleeding, so have things ready.

 

I went thru human toenail clippers and pet guillotine clippers and both failed.  I bought scissors type nail clippers for Large Dogs and they work great.

 

Have styptic powder on hand so if you get bleeding it can be stopped fairly easily.  Personally found a little pressure with a tissue on the tip works well enough.

 

** if you are unsure where the pulp is , then just take a little off at a time about a 1/4 of an inch and repeat the trimming every week or so til the nails are down to normal length.

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