6 month pullet with long toenails

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jdoane, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. jdoane

    jdoane Songster

    Aug 7, 2013
    Western Massachusetts
    Not really a chick question but didn't know where else to post.

    We just bought a 6 month old Silver Laced Wyandotte Pullet. She's beautiful and seems in very good shape. We are currently quarantining her just to be on the safe side. So far I haven't noticed any issues other than her toe nails seem longer than they should be. We are quarantining her in a big dog crate with sand for litter so I think the sand will help file down the nails. My question is should I wait a while to see if the sand take care of shortening the nails or trim them for her?
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    If they are long enough to interfere with her walking or the way she uses her feet, I would trim them. If they are just a little long you can probably let her wear them down herself scratching. They are pretty easy to clip using dog nail trimmers (same way you do a dog, little pieces at a time so you don't hit the quick). Dremel type grinders or small files work fine if you don't want to chance clippers.
  3. MrsBachbach

    MrsBachbach Songster

    Mar 6, 2013
    Dog nail clippers work fine. Birds that are caged typically do grow long toenails and need periodic clipping. The don't have a ground to scratch on daily which is what normally trims the nails. If you trim them just don't go too far or they will bleed. I suggest taking a little bit off at a time and keep some cornstarch handy in case you do clip too far and it bleeds. Or if you have one of those dog or cat nail sanders (I can't remember the name of it) that would work good too and not much chance of accidental bleeding there.
  4. jdoane

    jdoane Songster

    Aug 7, 2013
    Western Massachusetts
    Thanks Kelsie. I don't think they are interfering with her walking but I'll keep a close eye out tomorrow.
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I use dog nail clippers for chickens (my silkies commonly need trims). If you trim just a little and wait a week then trim some more you can avoid trimming it too far causing bleeding. The quick will recede if trimmed weekly.

    I have blood stop powder on hand just in case as they can die if they start bleeding too much.
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2013

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