Curved long beak???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mom_2_savannah, Apr 28, 2007.

  1. mom_2_savannah

    mom_2_savannah Hatching

    Mar 27, 2007
    South West Virginia
    Hi I just bought some full grown silkies yesterday and one of the hens has a very long curved beak and seem like it is hard for her to eat so I was wondering what can I cut it with we tried nail clippers and they wouldnt cut it and I dont want to hurt her so anyone know what to do thanks!
  2. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Songster

    Mar 29, 2007
  3. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    Use Dog toe nail clippers. Take off a tiny bit at a time to make sure that you dont go too far. Then use an emery board or nail file to smooth the edges.

    Same process for the toe nails which often over grow on caged or penned birds.

    Be sure when you are clipping nails, to go just a tiny bit at a time so that you dont cut so far up that bleeding occurs. It is a good idea to have some Quick Stop styptic powder for Birds on hand to stop the bleeding if you do cut too far, or just be really careful and try to look to see the dark blood vein in the center of the nail and stop before you get to that point.


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