Do Chickens need their toenail trimmed?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rebbetzin, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
    Tucson AZ
    One of my chickens has really long toenails. Maybe she is not scratching in the dirt enough? Anyhow, should I trim them?
  2. fasbendera

    fasbendera Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2009
    I was going to post the same question. My dad took my bantam and the eggs I ordered to his house to hatch and he trimmed her nails. I never thought of that I just figured they wear down with all the scratching they do. Hope someone answers.
  3. possumqueen

    possumqueen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2009
    Monroe, North Carolina
    You can clip your chicken's toenails. Use a dog nail clipper, just like on a dog.

    Just be careful not to trim them too short. They have a quick, like the dog nails, and it will bleed. If you quick one accidently, you can dip the nail in Knox plain gelatin powder to make it stop.

    I I think you can clip a rooster's spurs, too. I know someone who does it, just to blunt them. Seems like a good idea to me.
  4. billyb

    billyb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2012
    Cleveland, OH
    Yes you can. I just a silkie hen today off Craigslist, and her toenails were very over grown. So I just trimmed them with rabbit, or dog clippers. She was fine. :D

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