Clipping chickens toe nails?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by miss_thenorth, May 31, 2010.

  1. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    I have two easter eggers who are about 9 month old, and their nails are super long. So much longer than any of my other older chickens toenails. All my birds freerange, and I find it really strange that their nails are so long. Any ideas as to why? And could I clip them to make them more comfortable? It seems to be affecting the way they walk.
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:Glad you posted this, been meaning to look at this. I have a 4 yo hen who's nails are getting long. I did a little research and nails can be trimmed using a human toenail clipper, dog nail trimmer, another bycer uses a Dremel tool w/ sandpaper. Be careful to not cut to the quick. It will bleed. If you do cause bleeding use cornstarch or stypic to stop it.

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  3. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I noticed the same things with some of my chickens! [​IMG]
     
  4. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have noticed my girls' nails getting long too. I figure that since their nails are their only means of scratching the ground that I will leave them alone and let them ware down naturally. Of course if they are starting to curl I would consider trimming.
     

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