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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Dilly, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

    Apr 15, 2008
    Hi, I was on a hatchery site and read where they have a debeaking charge. I have not heard of this. Is it common to have done on the chicks. Or do you need to do this at all?

    Thanks a bunch everyone.

    Dilly Girl
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Run a search on debeaking... and you'll see that it's not really something to be desired. In short, it is not necessary in back yard flocks and can be deforming.
  3. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    Debeaking is cruel, painful, and totally unnecessary unless the chickens will be crammed together with no space to move. I think it is awful hatcheries offer this without telling people what is really involved.
  4. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Debeaking is cutting off the tip of the chicken's beak. Our Pheobe chipped her beak accidentaly and was in lots of pain.

    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 27, 2008
  5. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

    Apr 15, 2008
    OMG how awful. Not going to do it. I may not even deal with them. lol

  6. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Quote:AKA: Factory farming.
  7. QP

    QP Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 8, 2008
    Well.... um since debeaking is cruel, i need your opinions. I have a chick with a huge curve in the top beak. it can hardly eat. Should i cut part of the top beak off???
  8. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    Quote:I have a crooked beak chicken that has thrived and filled on the side of it's beak when she was about 3 months old when it had gotton really bad. If you decide to trim it, only trim a little at a time and don't cut into live tissue, but don't debeak it. Mine was very soar afterwards, so I have not ever attempted to do it again. She just turned a yr old this month.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2008
  9. TundraChick

    TundraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2007
    West Viriginia
    I have a curled beak girl also...She is smaller than the others but does very well. She really has to scoop up her food so i make sure I dont let it get too low...She is about 8months old, I wont trim it unless it impedes her ability to eat..
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2008
  10. Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies

    Flufnstuffs~FluffySilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    I do not think debeaking chickens is a good idea at all in most cases... It is mean....


    My silkies top beaks grow a little to long and I trim them with dog nail clipers and file them with a emery board.

    I also have a crook beak chicken that I have to keep her beak trimed and filed.

    You must be careful it is like cutting a dog or cats finger nails you can cut to far back.

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