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I have two easter eggers who are about 9 month old, and their nails are super long.  So much longer than any of my other  older chickens toenails. All my birds freerange, and  I find it really strange that their nails are so long.  Any ideas as to why?  And could I clip them to make them more comfortable?  It seems to be affecting the way they walk.

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Originally Posted by miss_thenorth 

I have two easter eggers who are about 9 month old, and their nails are super long.  So much longer than any of my other  older chickens toenails. All my birds freerange, and  I find it really strange that their nails are so long.  Any ideas as to why?  And could I clip them to make them more comfortable?  It seems to be affecting the way they walk.


Glad you posted this, been meaning to look at this. I have a 4 yo hen who's nails are getting long. I did a little research and nails can be trimmed using a human toenail clipper, dog nail trimmer, another bycer uses a Dremel tool w/ sandpaper. Be careful to not cut to the quick. It will bleed. If you do cause bleeding use cornstarch or stypic to stop it.

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If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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I noticed the same things with some of my chickens! smile

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2 dogs, 3 cats, 17 ducks, 2 geese, 1 turkey, a lot of  chickens, several tropical fish, and 3 goldfish! This is one crazy little farm!
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I have noticed my girls' nails getting long too. I figure that since their nails are their only means of scratching the ground that I will leave them alone and let them ware down naturally. Of course if they are starting to curl I would consider trimming.

A Hen is only an Egg's way of making another Egg.
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A Hen is only an Egg's way of making another Egg.
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