Are you supposed to trim their nails?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by pattgal, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. pattgal

    pattgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    not the first time I see a hen with curled up deformed toes, Are you suposed to trim them?
    how would a person go about that?
     
  2. Buugette

    Buugette [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Cra

    May 26, 2009
    Bucks County, PA
    I only have 6 bantams... so I do pay special attention to them.

    I first us a flashlight and put it up against the nail so I can see how far the toe has grown down in comparison to the actual nail. I then clip with a dog nail clipper... leaving a little room between the nail and the toe. I then use Pedi-Paws (which I got for my dogs, but works great for my girls) and sand and shape their nails into a managable length and width.

    I have a couple girls whose nails grow wildly fast, and others I really don't have to touch.

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  3. pattgal

    pattgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:are their nails the same as dogs where you have to watch for the vein inside (is that what you were just saying [​IMG] ). that would make it tricky, probably involves washing their feet to eh?
     
  4. Buugette

    Buugette [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Cra

    May 26, 2009
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    Yea, you have to watch for their toes growing inside the nail. I don't wash their feet unless really dirty... the flashlight allows me to see through the nails.
     
  5. pattgal

    pattgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, well my run just turned into mud. these past few days its been raining alot. I'll hose them down a little [​IMG]
    thanks
     

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