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We are new to Bantams and are really surprised by the length of the nails on their toes compared to our full-size birds.  Some of them are so long that they are starting to curl sideways.  Is this normal?  Does anyone clip the nails?

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You can trim chicken nails....with same dangers as clipping dogs nails, clip them too short and they can bleed badly.

Cornstarch can stop bleeding.  Do they have dirt to scratch in?

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 #3 of 7

let them free range and scratch whittles em down fast.

post #4 of 7
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would love to do that but we have too many coyotes, hawks and owls in the area.

Thanks.

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Originally Posted by Chickenmanjim7 View Post
 

let them free range and scratch whittles em down fast.

It will not effect the curling toes in time.If this is not tookin care of they may get snagged on something.

I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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I have a  few chickens.

2 barreds,named Falcon and Hawk

1 New Hampshire rooster named,Zeus

2 New Hampshire hens named,Vanillipe (One has no name)

1 silver laced Wyandotte named,Special girl

1 White Leghorn roosters named Foggy

3 black&red Sex links,(Black)angel,and one red is named little red,and the other one is Mrs.Prissy

And a few others that sadly,died

 

I have a 11 ducks.

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post #6 of 7
I use a Dremel on mine and grind them down like I do my dogs' nails.
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Originally Posted by TalkALittle View Post

I use a Dremel on mine and grind them down like I do my dogs' nails.

That can work great because if you hit the quick it's just a tiny bit of blood instead of a gusher.....

.......but the heat can build up from a dremel.

 

Do you use a coarse sandpaper drum?

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."

Reply

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."

Reply
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