clipping beaks??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by AtRendeAcres, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    when do you clip beaks and how?

    i feed them out of my hand alot and they are getting sharp!!! [​IMG]

  2. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    Generally beaks aren't clipped unless the chicken has a crossed beak or some other deformity. I suppose you could try to file the pointy part, but the chicken won't like it!
    Try to hold your hand as flat as possible when you feed them, and keep the food in your palm. That will hurt less.
  3. Jake

    Jake In the Brooder

    Jun 21, 2007
    Eastern Tennessee
    Hey I got 4-H chickens and most came with clipped beaks and what tool do you use to clip them? Oh and do you have to clip them?
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2007
  4. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Songster

    Apr 5, 2007
    I've noticed with my group it isn't so much that their beaks are sharp as that sometimes they open them too wide and grab my fingers. I have a few chronic offenders.

    I agree, hold your hand flat. Alternatively (which is what I do) cut your treat into longer, thinner strips. That way they'll take the snack further away from your tender digits.

  5. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I wouldn't clip my chickens beaks. Yeah, they can hurt sometimes when feeding them by hand but still, it sounds cruel to me.
  6. crdiaz45

    crdiaz45 Hatching

    Jul 7, 2011
    I just got brown egg laying pullets from Moyer's Chicks and their beaks were trimmed [​IMG] . Does anyone know if they will grow back? I would really like them to have their natural beaks.
  7. ChickenAl

    ChickenAl Diagnosis...Chicken-Headed

    Jun 5, 2011
    Putnam cty, NY
    Quote:I don't believe they will grow back. Sorry.

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