Beak may be too long

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by laturcotte1, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. laturcotte1

    laturcotte1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jack's beak seems to be getting a little long. Well its longer that it was this summer. Not much grass left to pick at. Is there something I can give him to wear down his beak, like a block of some sorts? He eats his grain out of a feed dish and treats from a rubber dishes. What does everyone else do during the winter months?
     
  2. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member

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    I keep rough bigger stones and cement blocks in my run and put there warm thick oatmeal or scratch on them
    I also clip my silks with a dog nail trimmer
     
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  3. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member

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    http://www.browneggblueegg.com/Article/TrimBeak.html
    When the upper beak is overlapping the bottom you will have to trim the upper beak. You can tell where to cut it because the beak that has grown over the end is normally a slightly different color. You can also look inside the mouth and see where the fleshy part ends. Then you take human toenail clippers and trim the tip of the beak off (one never needs to clip anything but the tip of the upper beak).

    If it is cut too short, it will bleed a little bit, but, because I am always carefull, I've never seen a bird where this is serious. Sometimes I trim my birds' beaks too short on purpose because I think it helps to deter egg eating. Mostly, one cuts the beak so that it just looks right. The upper beak will still overlap the bottom just a little bit.


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