1. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Songster

    Oct 4, 2008
    SW New Hampshire
    I just got two "ready-to-lay" pullets and am horrified to see they have been debeaked. The top bill on one is so short she can't pick up any food except from a deep feeder. My question is: Can I trim back the lower bill to match the upper, so she will have a useable beak, and how far can I trim it back before it bleeds? Thanks!
  2. lizzybird

    lizzybird In the Brooder

    Jul 16, 2010
    Hortonville, WI
    HI I don't have a answer about the trimming, I think I read on here you shouldn't trim the lower beak. I do however have 4 chickens I had picked up from a chicken auction that have trimmed beaks. One has a very short upper beak too and she seems to do just fine. She is able to pick up scratch, BOSS and other treats that are around. It is really sad to see those trimmed beaks [​IMG] However the 4 I picked up are just sweeties, friendly and personable. It almost seems they are grateful for their better lives.
  3. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    I do not think that trimming the bottom beak will help. In fact, I think it would make things worse.
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    No.. dont trim their beaks anymore.. just leave them be...
    Figure out how they have been eating so far.. and just continue with it...
    Poor things! Ugh... i cant STAND de-beaking..its so cruel.. [​IMG]
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    OH, I hate to see that. I won't buy POL birds from my hatchery because they automatically trim the beaks, and I think it looks just awful. You truly need to leave that bottom beak alone, because she will use that as a sort of scoop. If I were you, I'd call the hatchery and express your concerns that the beak may have been trimmed too short. Maybe they can give you a credit, exchange or maybe just some good advice on feeding that particular bird.

    You're right on about the feeder...it needs to be deep for her so that she can scoop the food, since she can't peck it.

    Good luck to you!

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