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Trim chicken toenails?

post #1 of 14
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I picked up my Leghorns today (they are flighty and difficult - I only pick them up when necessary) and their toenails seem awfully long. They seem like it would be uncomfortable, but what do I know?

They "free" range, but with all the grass and so much rain recently I doubt that they are filing their nails down much as they scratch. Here's a pic tell me if you think the nails are too long?

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/27985_chickens_005.jpg

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post #2 of 14

The nails look okay but a little bit of a trim might be good.  If you decide to do so, use dog nail clippers slightly larger than you think you'll need.  Cut very carefully!

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I'm the official pet nail clipper of the family so I'm pretty sure I can do it if they need it.

Maybe I'm just comparing the chickens to the dog? I do like to keep my dog's nails pretty short and those would be too long for my dog, but maybe they're ok for chickens. idunno

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post #4 of 14

a bit long. I'd trim them.  I learned that from a chicken farmer who has raised them for show for 20 years.  I watched him trim some beaks with nail clippers!!  ep

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post #5 of 14

I agree that those look to be on the long side of okay....you want fun try trimming quail toenails...that is a riot...NOT

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Originally Posted by Teach97 

I agree that those look to be on the long side of okay....you want fun try trimming quail toenails...that is a riot...NOT


Really, it couldn't be any worse than cats. I swear you need at least three hands/arms to even attempt to trim cat's nails!
I will lock the rooster up then I will get DH to hold the birds down some day when he's in a helpful mood. Should be "fun" tongue

Anyway, I pick up my red birds more often and both the roo and Queenie don't have that long of nails, but all the Leghorns seemed shockingly long. Breed differences I guess.

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post #7 of 14

I wrote an article on how to trim a chicken's beak, which is similar to toe trimming. See it here:

http://www.ehow.com/how_4513302_trim-chickens-beak.html

post #8 of 14

Is it necessary to trim  nailson chix.
       I never have.

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post #9 of 14

It's only needed if the nails get too long. Birds that have the opportunity to run around outside don't generally need it, but those who are confined do.

post #10 of 14

Hah, my cats are easy; my dog bites my head off.

If you just want to take the points off, let the quick retreat, and repeat in a week or so, you might try rabbit claw trimmers.  I found those to be very nice for cat-claws, and anything that's extremely fine and sharp.  They seem to be a little easier to handle than dog trimmers, since they don't have the loop.  They won't handle thick claws, though.

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