De-beaked :'(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by avoight606, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. avoight606

    avoight606 New Egg

    Nov 19, 2010
    Saint Michael MN
    I just bought a few new hens, one of them has been de-beaked... I feel so sorry for her, she couldnt enjoy the pumpkin they got as a treat the other day with the other hens.... is this normal for people raising chickens to do to the hens?
  2. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    I have never really seen a reason why to de-beak a hen, but it helps to keep the feathers on the hens neck if you do it to roosters.
  3. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2010
    It is a production thing, and in a caged setting I suppose it is better to debeak than to have chickens ripping them selves and each other apart. I have 4 that are beak trimmed from hatchery and it really does not cause them any problems, they may need to work a bit harder at breaking down vegitables but other than that no bid deal.

    Like above, in a back yard flock, likely no need given a good diet and lots of space.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2010

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