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Chicken Beaks!!!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by tiki244, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Some of my roosters beaks grow pretty long on top and I end up having to trim them with a nail clipper and file and then sometimes I have to shape the bottom beak too so its a good fit. It just looks uncomfortable and I am afraid they wont be able to eat right if I dont trim them. Does anyone else have to do this?
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    How long is too long you think? Do you have pics?

    Only other thing I can think of is if your birds are caged. Normally, with daily scratching and running around, they should wear their beaks down no problem.

    One way for them to naturally "file" their nails is to place a few paver blocks down, and toss scratch or bird seed on it, that way they peck and wipe their beaks on the cement and wear it down naturally.
     
  3. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    I dont have pics but it gets to the point where their mouth is open all the time because the top beak grows and wont let the mouth close.


    That would explain why it is just the roosters then. They have been fighting so I had to seperate some and put in cages. I was going to build seperate pens when it gets warmer. Thanks Silkie Chicken
     

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