Do I ned to trim my 3 week old chicks toe nails?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chixcoop, Nov 21, 2015.

  1. chixcoop

    chixcoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2015
    Western Mass
    I noticed that recently their claws have been growing longer, and I am wondering if they need to be trimed. It is a wellsummer bantam if that makes any difference. If it does need to be trimmed, where is a good thread so I can find out how to do it? Thanks[​IMG]
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Not at 3 weeks, certainly not. I never clip nails in my flock as they are outdoors for 12 hours a day and scratching around keeps everything in check. I'm not sure if other members do however.

  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I would say NO to trimming's tempting tho, cause those little buggers are sharp aren't they?

    Are they still in brooder?
    Do they get outside time?

    Maybe put a brick or concrete paver in with them.
    You could, very, very, lightly, run an emery board over the ends to take off just to dull down the very tips.
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2015
  4. Free Feather

    Free Feather Chillin' With My Peeps

    When they are young their toenails seem very sharp, but plenty of exercise and things to scratch around in will keep their nails dulled.
  5. chixcoop

    chixcoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2015
    Western Mass
    Yes they are still in the brooder, and no they don't get outsied time because its too cold. I'll try putting in a brick. Thanks!
  6. Skeeter10

    Skeeter10 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 29, 2015
    i never trim

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