Beak Maintenance

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by StrawberryMoon, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. StrawberryMoon

    StrawberryMoon Out Of The Brooder

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    At what age do chicks need to start honing their beaks? Should they have a stone or brick or something in the brooder?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Generally you don't need to worry about them until they are much older. Some of my birds over 5 years old need a trim now and again. Young birds shouldn't need any trimming.
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I keep big rocks and my water container sits on bricks...My Young and older birds all use them...
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    I've heard people talk about chickens "sharpening" their beaks. In all the ten years of keeping chickens and observing them, it sure looks to me that when they drag their beaks back and forth across a surface, and that surface often includes my pants leg, top of my shoe, and my bare arm, they are not really sharpening their beaks so much as cleaning them of accumulated debris.

    Even tiny chicks will wipe their beaks right after eating anything. This action never, in all my observation, occurs before eating. This leads me to believe this action is not honing their beaks or they would perform it before using their beaks, much as we sharpen a knife before using it, and we clean the knife after using it.

    Okay now. Let's have a debate!
     

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