Chicken's toe nails

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mystus808, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. mystus808

    mystus808 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HOw do i cilp them as they are probably near 3 inches long.
     
  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    You can probably do a search on the forum but I believe I've read where you can use regular dog nail clippers or some even use a dremel tool!!

    Good Luck!
     
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    We use a dog nail clippers.
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Lay him on his back where you can get a good look at the bottom of the nail, and just trim a little each week or so, like a dog's nails, because the vein extends down into the nail. You can use a file, too, whatever you are comfortable with.

    Usually if there is a brick or concrete block or such around, they will keep them worn down themselves, at least partway.
     
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  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Position as ddawn said (a second set of hands is a great help). Using dog nail clppers gradually trim the nails. At this point the quick has probably extended farther than normal out into the nail. If the nail starts bleeding, stop trimming and stop the bleeding with silver nitrate or styptic pencil. By trimming the nails every 2 to 3 weeks, you can gradually force the quick back to normal. The rooster will then have normal feet and be much happier. Three inch nails must be bothersome to him.
     
  6. mystus808

    mystus808 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so how do i stop it from bleeding?
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Silver nitrate or any of the products used by men to stop bleeding from shaving nicks. There used to be a product called "styptic pencil."
     

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