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Clipping Beaks... How many of you do this?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by WagarFamilyFarm, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. WagarFamilyFarm

    WagarFamilyFarm In the Brooder

    May 13, 2008
    Nashville, IN
    Hey group,

    Our 27 chicks (5 weeks old now) are doing great and pecking at each other every once in a while (not sure if this is normal if it's just once in a while). Anyhow, just wondering how many of you clip your birds beaks.. Also how does one do this?


  2. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    I never do it. It hurts!
  3. morelcabin

    morelcabin Songster

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Beak clipping is done when they are day olds, I don't think you want to attemp it as they get older, not only that, it doesn't really stop anything, they can still hurt each other. I have 7 beak clipped hens that make my silkie rooster bleed everytime I try to put him in with them, they just don't like him.
  4. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    yeah-I'd think it should only be done as day olds. I'm not a big fan of clipping anything that animals are supposed to have though. I think if you have the proper amount of room for your chickens, this should be necessary. I'm no expert on the subject though!
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    I've never debeaked a chicken, never had any reason to.

    Not having enough space will make them peck at each other.
  6. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    I will never clip any of my chicks beaks. It's cruel and should never be done. Once you do it, that part will never grow back. They will have problems eating and drinking. The pecking once in awhile is a very normal thing. It is just part of the pecking order that chickens have and do.

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