Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gavinandallison, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Songster

    Jul 25, 2010
    Matthews, NC.
    Silly question, but why so some hatcheries debeak their birds?
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Good question.

    Commercial operations keep their chickens in tight quarters. If chickens are crowded into real tight spaces, they have a tendency to become cannibalistic and eat each other. Many commercial operations debeak their chickens to stop this cannibalism.

    Our general guidelines on this forum for space for individual chickens take this cannibalistic tendency into account. That is one (not the only) reason we suggest more space for chickens than some other sources. Some people think we pamper ur chickens. Maybe we do.
  3. terrilhb

    terrilhb Songster

    Dec 11, 2010
    Ridge Runner I agree with you. I make sure mine have enough space. If that is spoiled so be it.
  4. kla37

    kla37 Songster

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hillsborough, NC USA
    I shared a small room with my seriously noisy and messy little sister. I understand the need for space! My chickens have plenty, and they don't peck each other. I think debeaking is mean, I wouldn't want to do that to my girls.

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