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.

  3. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    I noticed the same things with some of my chickens! [​IMG]
  4. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    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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