Beak Trimming

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mjdtexan, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. mjdtexan

    mjdtexan Songster

    Sep 30, 2008
  2. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    [​IMG] Eating each other, that's funny. No, if they have access to outdoors their beaks should wear themselves down. No need to trim or debeak at all.
  3. mjdtexan

    mjdtexan Songster

    Sep 30, 2008
    Quote:Good, it seemed kinda cruel.
  4. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    Quote:Many hatcheries offer beak trimming as a service. It is done to keep the chicks from pecking each other. In crowded conditions this is considered prudent. I however don't think it's necessary if you have adequate space and I definitely don't like the look of a chicken with a portion of its top beak missing. It is very common for chicks to peck at each other and often times they will gang up on one chick and sometimes peck it to death. If you notice this remove that chick to another pen until it heals and is larger. The sight of blood increases the pecking so try to be observant.
  5. Moriah

    Moriah In the Brooder

    Sep 4, 2008
    Springfield Colorado
    Like others have said, chick pecking is usually a sign of another problem that can usually be easily fixed. I personally do not agree with beak trimming or debeaking as it is painful and can be dangerous for the chick, especially if the blood vessel is cut.

    I actually have recent experience with this as I have a chick with a crossed beak and the top beak was interfering with the chick's ability to eat, so after consulting a vet, the top beak was trimmed back and the chick has been able to eat. While I didn't really want to have it done, it literally meant life or death for the chick.
  6. mjdtexan

    mjdtexan Songster

    Sep 30, 2008
    All of that makes since. Thank Yall for the responses

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