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How do I trim my chicken's nails?

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I have silkie chickens and they all are free range. Some of them have really long nails, I'm assuming because with their extra toes not all of them scrape the ground when they walk and scratch. What is the best way to go about trimming their nail. My guys are very gentle and easy to pick up.

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Nail Trim AHHHH..... D

Proud mom of 2 boston terriers, 2 elderly cats, a few silkies, 8 EE's, 2 nigerion dwarf goats,  1 beautiful 8 year old little girl, a beautiful 3 year old little boy, and anything else that comes our way. Married to a wonderful DH that helps and puts up with it all!

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Proud mom of 2 boston terriers, 2 elderly cats, a few silkies, 8 EE's, 2 nigerion dwarf goats,  1 beautiful 8 year old little girl, a beautiful 3 year old little boy, and anything else that comes our way. Married to a wonderful DH that helps and puts up with it all!

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* Use a bright mini-flashlight to locate the red quick and cut full quarter-inch AWAY from it.  And *always* have cornstarch or some other clotter to hand just in case!

--d.k ; East Coast, FL. 16Dec2010 -- 1 White Hen, the "Miss Perky" + 2 rowdy, rapidly growing kittens, namely"Yeti Bear", and "Sissy" (aka "Frickles").
RIP My Sweet,  Very Greatly Missed "Miss Chook";  I miss you every day, Momma's Little Girl....
and  "Miss Ginger", family dog,  friend,  protector against all threats,  whether real and imagined, for 12 years.
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--d.k ; East Coast, FL. 16Dec2010 -- 1 White Hen, the "Miss Perky" + 2 rowdy, rapidly growing kittens, namely"Yeti Bear", and "Sissy" (aka "Frickles").
RIP My Sweet,  Very Greatly Missed "Miss Chook";  I miss you every day, Momma's Little Girl....
and  "Miss Ginger", family dog,  friend,  protector against all threats,  whether real and imagined, for 12 years.
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post #3 of 3

I use dog cllippers and like DK says, I would say the same thing.

I, too, have bantams that has long nails and so are the caged baby chicklets! Have to keep them trimmed once every eight weeks or less depending how fast they grow.

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