Pioneer Belle

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Hi I have ten chickens they are about 20 weeks some have started laying. Three have cracked tips on their beaks. I keep them enclosed in a run. They can still all eat okay.🤨 Should I trim the rest of their beaks? Do they have a vitamin deficiency? This is my first flock. please help I will post a pic. thanks
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oldhenlikesdogs

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I wouldn't trim them unless they are hanging. What type of feeders? Do you notice them sticking their beaks through the fence often?
 

Pioneer Belle

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Sep 25, 2020
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They do bob there heads up and down whenever I come near the coop. Very attached chickens to me. I was thinking maybe they break them on there. They hang over the slightest bit I don't know how much they are supposed to though.
 

DobieLover

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They do bob there heads up and down whenever I come near the coop. Very attached chickens to me. I was thinking maybe they break them on there. They hang over the slightest bit I don't know how much they are supposed to though.
How large is your coop and run?
How many birds are in it?
What else is in the run?
 

Pioneer Belle

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Sep 25, 2020
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The run is 4ft wide I think 16ft long and 8ft tall plus under the coop 6ft by 4 ft. There are a few roosting bars their ramp and a dust box. there is 10 birds in it. They usually are pretty good never get board have a pecking block and lots of treats. I will post a pic of the run later.
 

Samblast

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When I got my first chickens they messed up their beaks because of the food container I was using. I never trimmed them and they are all fine today. Also if they are pecking at a pecking block all the time, I think that could cause damage.
 

Pioneer Belle

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I trimmed them becouse I relized they were long. They all seem to be doing fine. The broken beaks are healing fine but I noticed this thing on my hen the other day do you know what it is?
 

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