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Can someone explain in newbie terms how to trim coturnix beak?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Emilys3guppies, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. Emilys3guppies

    Emilys3guppies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 coturnix hens in a 6sq/ft cage. They are 12 weeks old.

    They eat chicken crumbles (18% protein) that I mix, per lb, with 1 cup of ground cat food. They also get boiled egg once a week. So I'm reasonably sure they are getting enough protein.

    But one of the hens, in particular, seems set on scalping the others. Will trimming her beak help? If so, how do I do it? With toe nail clippers? Can I do it by myself or do I need to enlist help? How do I get her to open her beak so I only trim the tip of the top? I'm going to search threads for pics...

    Thanks for the help, as always.
    Emily
     
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never done it, but I read somewhere to use finger nail clippers. Please don't take too much off, get someone to help you.
     
  3. Emilys3guppies

    Emilys3guppies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I will get help then. [​IMG] I understand that if I hit the quick it will bleed so I do have styptic powder on hand (that I've used with my budgies when trimming toenails). I assume I can use that on the birds beak, correct? Hopefully, though, it won't be trimmed enough to need it.

    If she doesn't shape up then she'll end up dinner...
     
  4. Kullas

    Kullas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That was what i was thinking just trim at the neck [​IMG]
    Mmmm quail tastes good
     
  5. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Nail Clippers--- Just Take The Tip 1/16 Th To 1/8th Inch. Are You Abolutely Sure She's A Hen And Not A Roo Breeding The Hens To The Point Of Being Scalped? (just Gotta Ask...)
     
  6. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    use toe nail clippers. trim the pointed part off . I trim both top & bottom. If it bleads === thats OK it will stop & hurt nothing.
     
  7. Emilys3guppies

    Emilys3guppies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you for including that...that clarifies much for me.
     

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