Beak trimming to stop feather picking

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Derry-NH, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. Derry-NH

    Derry-NH Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 12, 2013
    Has anyone ever tried to stop feather picking by trimming the beak?
  2. my sunwolf

    my sunwolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2012
    Southwest Virginia
    My Coop
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    You can do a temporary trimming with nail clippers of 1/3 of the top beak to stop pecking, but in the end you will have to change their situation as feather picking is usually caused by some sort of stress. A lot of people use pinless peepers instead of trimming; basically, they are a sort of poultry blind that makes it hard to aim to make the peck. If you know they're in a stressful situation, you could always just change the living conditions and sometimes this will stop the picking.
  3. bj taylor

    bj taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2011
    North Central Texas
    i think if your chickens are that stressed, you need to find a solution (besides trimming their beak). chickens do not do this kind of behavior unless something is wrong. perhaps you have too many chickens in the space, or their housing is too confining.

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