Debeaking at McMurray?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CompostQueen, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. CompostQueen

    CompostQueen Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 18, 2010
    Do the major hatcheries routinely debeak chicks? The reason that I ask is because someone on another forum was very concerned because she got baby chicks from McMurray and their beaks were severely cut off. Being new to chickens she was of course very alarmed. It was explained that McMurray debeaks their chicks and must have done a very sloppy job with hers.

    Is this true? Do all major hatcheries do this? I got my chicks from MyPetChicken and their beaks look fine.
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    McMurray didn't debeak the chicks I bought from them. They do debeak started pullets, though. [​IMG]
  3. JLS

    JLS Love my feathered babies!

    May 29, 2009
    My Coop
    I've ordered chicks 2 years in a row from McMurray and mine have not been debeaked. They are beautiful, healthy, and happy. It is a shame that the person's birds were maimed!
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2010
  4. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was thinking that debeaking is only done to started pullets. Either way, debeaking is a cruel and painful process that often stays with the bird for life. They are unable to pick up certain items or eat certain things. The beak is very sensative to the chicken. It's disgusting. It is supposed to decrease pecking.
  5. WindDancer

    WindDancer Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2009
    Farmer City, IL
    We just got a 2nd order for McMurrary and all of ours was in perfect health. Possibly Started Pullets are debeaked. I have seen it done and it's right up there on my "WTH" list of things I just will NOT do.. Debeaking and declawing a cat... OMGosh...
  6. Jeeper1540

    Jeeper1540 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok, this sounds like a stupid question

    what are Started Pullets?
  7. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2010
    Western Washington
    Started Pullets are chicks that have been raised until they are closer to an age where they will lay eggs. A bit more expensive but you don't have to wait 6 months to get eggs from them.
  8. pkw

    pkw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2010
    North Edwards, CA
    I have ordered chicks for 5 years from McMurray and never have I gotten a chick that had its beak cut off or debeaked. They are the only hatchery I use and I have always received healthy chicks from them also. I always order day old chicks from them.

    I don't know about started pullets but I do know unless someone requests debeaking from McMurray on their day old chicks it is not routinely done.

    I use to order from them every year but then we moved someone we couldn't have chickens or any livestock animal and then we moved back to my mother in laws property last year and we got chicks again.
  9. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    I understand why they do it for started pullets as they will be keeping them longer and I am sure a pecked pullet wouldnt sell very well... That being said I agree it is unneccasary and cruel...
  10. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    Maybe they botched the order? [​IMG]

    So sad they got debeaked.

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