clipping nails

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kyrose, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. kyrose

    kyrose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2009
    a few of my hens have pretty long nails.i was wondering if it is neccessary to clip their nails or should i let them go?if i need to clip will i be able to see the quick?
  2. farmin'chick

    farmin'chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2009
    Rocky Mount VA
    So long as your chickens have white or clear nails you should be able to see the quick. Some people trim them regularly, I understand.
  3. fancbrd4me02

    fancbrd4me02 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If the nails get too long, they could interfere with walking/perching and the bird could get hurt if it snags in something. Make sure that you use a good nail trimmer, I use a guillutine dog toenail clipper. If you can't see the quick and the bird is light skinned, you could try washing the feet off. If the quick is not visible, try to find a bird in your flock who is about same size/breed/sex with similar size feet. Use that birds nails as a basic guide. Also, have some blood stop powder ready in case you cut too close. If you cut the quick, you will want to apply the powder to stop the bleeding.
  4. Rocky Meadows

    Rocky Meadows Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 19, 2009
    Lawton Michigan
    Some of my banties are in cages..due to hawks so I have to clip nails all the time. I clip nail and sprinkle a little corn starch on them to stop bleeding if needed. Chickens can bleed to death if you clip the quick and do nothing.
  5. LAMchop

    LAMchop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    SW VA
    When I have to trim nails and can't see the quick I just clip off a little bit, wait a few days to let the quick recede, clip a little bit more, wait, clip... until the nails are the right length.

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