Debeaking a grown hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sudolph, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. sudolph

    sudolph Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 24, 2007
    Can you do it, and will it curtail cannibalism? Is it detrimental to the chicken at all? Can they still catch bugs?
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I don't think you'll find many people on here that condone debeaking.
    What exactly is happening in the flock? There are many ways to solve a problem that don't require debeaking.
  3. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    I'd sooner just kill one or sell it than mutilate it that way. [​IMG] Has to be some kind of alternative available instead of that...?
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    My thoughts are if you're having enough trouble from a hen that you need to debeak her, start the debeaking at the neck and have a nice chicken dinner.
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA chicken owner dont know much at all....except,..that birds(i have a parrot)...thier beaks are VERY sensitive..almost like OUR finger tips.(honestly) african grey fell off his perch one day(i clip his wings, so he couldnt fly)... and he landed on his beak... he bled VERY badly...and screeched when he hit the tile i knew it HURT like heck..was..he didnt fight me at ALL to catch him and hold him in a towel.(usually he's a fresh brat)..and press a towel to his beak to try to stop the bleeding...he was stunned...i KNEW it it can be avioded..please..try not to do it...OR just cull the bird quickly....thier beaks have alot of nerve wishes...Wendy
  6. WisconsinChick

    WisconsinChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    jeez. twice in a week [​IMG] . heres part of an article on debeaking.

    "Debeaking ("beak trimming") has been scientifically demonstrated to cause severe pain in the sensitive beak of a bird and lifelong behavioral impairment. Between the horn and bone of the beak is a thin layer of highly sensitive soft tissue. The hot blade used in debeaking cuts through this complex horn, bone, and sensitive tissue causing severe pain and the formation of tumors in the healed beak stump. Behavioral studies show that debeaked chickens are unable to eat, drink, and preen properly, and that they exhibit behavioral disorders associated with chronic pain and depression. "
  7. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    If your chickens are pecking at each other, it's probably because they need more space.

    If it's only one or two birds that consistently gets picked on, well, it happens. Some chickens get singled out. As long as they are not drawing blood, it's not a huge cause for concern.
  8. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    I'm assuming the problem has something to do with cannibalism, but I'm curious as to what exactly is going on. Like another poster said, there's got to be some other way to fix the problem rather than debeaking! I'd have to agree, I think that if all else fails it would be more humane to have chicken soup rather than have a chicken live debeaked. Good luck, and let us know what the problem is!
  9. skytalec

    skytalec New Egg

    Jul 31, 2013
    I recently picked up chickens from someone who was giving them away free. Turned out to be some if not all eat their own eggs and others. How would u solve that?
  10. Beekissed

    Beekissed Flock Master

    Wait awhile...tis the season for weird eggs that are easily cracked due to brittle, thin shells. That goes away and your egg eaters will mysteriously stop eating eggs about the same time. [​IMG]

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