Cutting chicken's Toenails
Have you ever trimmed a dog's nails? It is basically the same thing. I just use a dog nail clipper. It has same quick inside that will bleed if nicked so you only want to do a little at a time at a slight angle with growth of the nail. You can do a little more every few days, to give the quick time ti recede, until they are a manageable length.
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My favorelles has the longest toenails. One of her back toenails even curled into the meat of her toe in a complete circle. I took her to a vet because it was pretty gruesome looking.
He gave me these. They work great. I just turn my hen over on her back on my lap and let her rest her foot so the toes stick out between my fingers and snip them off a bit. I'm supposed to trim what he didn't an 1/8th to 1/4 inch or so every weekend until they're down to normal length. My hens are so bad they had grown out twisted.
These are the feet I'm fixing. They're pretty sad. She has a lot of problems from being neglected. I'm working on them and now that she's here with us I'm sure she'll get better with time and care. :)
Ok I noticed on your pics how her legs looked, and that's what my hens legs and feet look like. What are you putting on them to heal that?
That looks like it might be scaly leg mites. Search the threads to double check but I believe you need to use vaseline.
- It is scaly leg mites. A very bad infestation of them that is being fixed as quickly as possible without crippling her further. Thanks for letting me know when you noticed it though! I was w/o a clue until I ended up at the vet for an ingrown toenail :/
My hen's legs look about the same way. They used to be so bad that the skin of her feet were showing. I put mineral oil on her feet. It really helps. Her scales are growing back. Put it on her feet once every other day. I don't know whether my hen has scaly leg or if it's something else, but with patience, the mineral oil works. Be sure to put it on her feet only. She will probably peck at it a little. She might drink a tiny bit of it, too. That's OK. Just don't feed it to her.