Beak Trimming

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by casportpony, Dec 11, 2018.

  1. Trim with cutters

    9 vote(s)
    17.3%
  2. File with file

    6 vote(s)
    11.5%
  3. Trim then file

    36 vote(s)
    69.2%
  4. Do nothing

    1 vote(s)
    1.9%
  5. Cull

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    What would you do with this guy?
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    This is kind of blurry, but it shows his beak with his mouth closed:
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  2. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

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    :lau:lau Yes, Okay, I would cut that rather than file...............but, once cut back and reshaped I would file from then on.
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Here is a video of a vet trimming a severely overgrown beak.
     
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    I have no experience with beak trimming, don't know if there is a quick or not. I don't know how likely the beak is to shatter or if it will cut cleanly. If you decide to do that I can't help you.

    He does not meet my goals so he would go to the freezer. I don't know your goals with him. I certainly would not let him breed just in case that is hereditary.

    What is his quality of life? Is it getting worse or has it stabilized? Can he eat OK? If he mates can he do that without endangering the hen (head grab)?

    When making these decisions my hierarchy is first how does it suit my goals. Then I try to decide what is best for the flock overall, not any one individual. Next would be their quality of life. Those are your decisions.
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    :lau Yeah, they gotta look like that for me to trim them.
     
  6. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

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    I think most people would kill the poor chap. I think I probably would in the circumstances I have here.
    Can he eat on his own?
    Do you have a picture of him once his beak was trimmed?
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    They do have a quick, so one most not trim off to much.

    They cut cleanly if you use a sharp cutter.

    He's one that someone tossed over the fence. I was going to sell him like I do most of the roosters, but he's a real gentleman and looks after his ladies. He is breeding them, but I pick up eggs, so I'm not worried about him passing on any bad genes.

    Quality of life is quite good with a trim here and there. It's no worse, no better, it just grows funny, and with it trimmed he eats just fine. Of course the hens are fine too.

    Good points.
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    I think most here would too, or they would do nothing.

    With it trimmed, yes, he eats just fine.

    No, but I'll catch him and get some.
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

  10. Debby in france

    Debby in france Chirping

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    I have Susan who has a crooked beak. It does restrict her a little but she is eating okay. I know that many would despatch her but she is a gentle soul and so beautiful in her own way ... not necessarily a way anyone else would notice but me.
    Definitely what we would call a Friday afternoon hen, crooked beak, cross eyed, flat feet (walks like she’s wearing wellies too big for her) oh and hairy feet.
    I named her after my aunt but don’t tell her :rolleyes:
     

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