clipping chickens toe nails

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by alex, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. alex

    alex Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Hi, is it good to clipp your chickens toe nails? And, if it is, how do you do it? And with what? Thanks!
  2. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    We use the same trimers we use on our dogs, and do it just like the dogs. trim just a bit at a time if you go to far back they will bleed, it helps to have something to stop the bleeding hand befor you begin just in case.
  3. alex

    alex Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    i don't understand? what KIND of trimmers?? And how do you do it?
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    If your chickens get to be outside and scratch in the dirt, they don't need to have their nails clipped. Only if they are caged all day like some show birds, do they need them clipped. You cut them like a dog's nail, meaning you buy a dog nail clipper and snip off the very tip. If you cut too deep though, it will bleed. I've never cut toe nails but my chickens get to scratch in the dirt. I think I saw your post with your chicks in the dirt taking a dust bath? If so you don't need to cut them.
  5. alex

    alex Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Oh, ok thanks silkiechicken...i get it. . .yeah shes in the dirt all the day actually. . .i put her out at 3:00 and take her in at 8:00-9:00pm
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Oh yeah, you wont need to do anything about their nails. That's plenty of time for them.
  7. Hi, I have a white silky x showbird who has really long nails, they just started growing outta site!!
    Mine freerange all day so Im confused as she is the only one who has mangaged to grow her nails!!
    Shes getting a nail clip after I do my son's!
    Different clippers though, i use small dog guillotine ones where you place the nail through the hole and pinch.
  8. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    I have a chicken with very very curved toes, she walks on her "knuckles".

    Her toenails are so long, I wonder if I should trim them, but she seems to be getting along fine. I got her as an adult, and she is not friendly enough to pick up without scaring her half to death, so I wonder if it would be worth the "terror" for her.

    Her curled toes look really really horrible, but she gets along fine. She kinda waddles like a duck.
  9. NewGuineaChooks

    NewGuineaChooks Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    San Antonio, Texas
    I got some rescue chickens that had been in wire cages and hobbled around on super long, curly toenails. As I trim them each week, they are starting to walk like regular chickens, and can scratch around for food more and more. They seem to like the change.

    So, greenmulberry, If it were my hen, I'd go ahead and start trimming your wild hen's nails. She'll be happier in the long run, and if you go get her from her roost/coop after dark, when she's sleepy, she won't freak out as much.

    Edit: ps, if she's already wild, maybe catching her won't make it any worse?
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2007
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Yeah, if they get long, it is often best to clip them down a bit, long meaning curving to the sides. Maybe the girl has long nails because she can't see and is just lazy! hehe.

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