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Debeaked hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by nccountrygirl, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    We are suppose to buy some red sex link pullets in October. They have been vaccinated and are debeaked. I have read on treads about the horrors of doing this. Can ya'll please tell me if I should purchase these chickens and any info on debeaking. Thanks
     
  2. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Songster

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    I would not purchase debeaked chickens for my own flock.

    Chickens can be so mean to each other, I wouldn't want to have some that couldn't defend themselves with their beaks against bullies.

    Plus, I think debeaked hens look really sad. [​IMG]
     
  3. davecash

    davecash Songster

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    Jul 22, 2007
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    agreed
     
  4. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Thank ya'll, I don't think I will.
     
  5. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
    Make it clear to the people that you are not buying their birds specifically because they engage in this practice!
     
  6. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Songster

    Yep, I agree. One of my neighbors bought a few hens from a breeder who debeaks his hens. They have a hard time picking up food, so they spend much more of their time trying to get enough nutrition. They also have a harder time drinking.

    Lori
     

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