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"de-beeking" to stop picking

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Dr.Doorlock, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. Dr.Doorlock

    Dr.Doorlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Getting more space and more time without light has not stopped the pecking or picking. "No Peck" did little good. I even observe them picking at themselves.. One of them looks pretty bad - his elbows are bare.

    Today, a vet friend suggested "de-beeking". No, you do not REMOVE the beek. You simply use the Dremel and a sanding drum (just like we use on our dogs' nails) to grind down only the sharp point. He says it does not harm them and it would be an absolute end to the problem.

    What do you think?
     
  2. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    i have seen people do it, but its cause of overcrowding/ stress do they have enough space? mites? Are they high stress birds? huh...[​IMG]
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    well...all i can tell you is, it is a personal choice..BUT i can tell you that a birds beak is THE MOST sensitive part on its body...honest!!....full of nerve endings..(their beaks are like their finger tips....)..i personally would never do it...i saw what happend to my parrot when he dive bombed off his cage and landed beak first on the tile floor....it was not pretty....and i KNOW it REALLY hurt him...i'd cull my bird before i did that....honest....cull them quick..it will hurt less....*i'm not being fresh either*..best of luck to you!, Wendy
     
  4. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    Have you tried to increas protein ? Canned cat food,cottage cheese,yogurt.
    I make my own yogurt really cheep in my crock pot. I feed it to them 2 times aweek in there mash. Pecking stopped after a couple of weeks of increasing protein.
    I don't know about filing down beaks. Do they grow back like a dogs nails ? How would that effect how they eat ? Seems like they would have to scoop food instead of picking it up with beak.

    I guess I would do it as a last resort to stop them as they will become cannibalistic. Have they drawn blood ?
     
  5. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Georgia
    I use clippers to cut mine i just clip the beak to the quick. Be careful if you do this not to cut into the quick or they will bleed.

    I think clipping would be quicker than the dremel tool that might take a while.

    Have you tried Pine Tar i use that for picking and it's always worked.
    I just smear it on the pecked birds it totally turns off the pickers.
    I mean would you want to stick your beak in that sticky stuff.[​IMG]

    The beak will grow back and it may need clipping again and it won't effect them eating. Some people think they pick because lack of protein i've found that not to be true.
     
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:No..he means de-beaking..where they remove half of the beak...almost to the face...*almost*...its differant than regular beak trimming....*if i am understanding you correctly* [​IMG]
     
  7. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Georgia
    He said he was going to only grind down the sharp point so i asummed he could clip it up that far.[​IMG]
     
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:ooh i must be confused *as usual*....sorry.[​IMG].....because the actual De-beaking is where they remove most of the beak..and just leave enough to grab at food.....i saw some this weekend at the poultry show...[​IMG]
     
  9. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Georgia
    De-Beaking can really mess up a chickens beak i have seen them where it was almost gone [​IMG]
     
  10. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:i saw it this weekend..and it made my stomach....
    [​IMG]...only because i knew how much it hurt the bird.....but..again....i dont wanna get on the OP..its a personal choice....and i respect that..and he is trying to help his birds so....[​IMG]
     

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