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Beak Trimming?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by henhousefreak, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. henhousefreak

    henhousefreak Out Of The Brooder

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    I recently purchased 3 Silver Laced Wyandottes and 1 Australorp. When I got home I realized that one of the Wyandotte hens had its entire top beak broken off. I wondered if it would grow back, but now know it won't. My concern is that her bottom beak is getting real long. I always put her pellets and scratch grains in a deep pile so she can pick them up but I'm noticing that she is getting smaller while the others are getting bigger.

    My question is...can the bottom beak be trimmed without any pain and how far back can I trim it. Does it need to be trimmed to a point or can it be trimmed more square. I'm worried about my hen getting the nutrition she needs. I would appreciate any input I can get. Thank You!
     
  2. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got a hen like that as well. I trimmed her bottom beak with nail clippers. You can do a bit at a time. Make sure you sterilize them. It does hurt. Make sure the food is deep enough so she can eat. They literary put there heads upside down to eat. She will survive as long as the food is deep enough. We also had to trim the side of her top beak because it slowly growed over the side. Can you post a picture.
     
  3. Welsummer Champ

    Welsummer Champ Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes you can trim the bottom beak. I do for shows. Just use a finger file to file the beak back but don't do it to much because it will bleed.
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  4. henhousefreak

    henhousefreak Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is the photo.
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  5. pwand

    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When you compare it to the other birds, does it look much longer at the bottom. That's worse than mine. I would say to cut half off that is exposed. Maybe start with a quarter first. It's going to bleed some, research the Internet to see what you can use to put on the end to help stop the bleeding.
     
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    pwand Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. RoxyBird

    RoxyBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ouch, I wouldn't trim the bottom at all- I would just file it back until it's sensitive (she will let you know) and let it harden up before filing any more off. You can gradually make it shorter this way to an extent... but just blunt trimming it would be painful and traumatic.

    Do you have a regular vet for other animals that you could call and seek free advice from? That's what I generally do. They are happy to tell me what they know since I'm in there so darn often for the mammals.
     
  8. RoxyBird

    RoxyBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like this idea! I'd be careful that the dremel tool is turning with the growth direction (kinda like shaving in the direction of hair growth, rather than against the grain).
     

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