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Do I need to clip my chickens beak?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Peppypap, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. Peppypap

    Peppypap In the Brooder

    Dec 16, 2010
    Dallas TX
    Hello, I have a white bantam Cochin Pullet named Tu tu and she is an indoor house chicken and doesn't like being outside... Her sibling (couldn't tell if it was a boy or a girl) was taken by a hawk while I was out of the house and when I got back she was hiding...[​IMG] Since that happens she hasn't left our sides. If we leave her in one room she will squawk for a minute or so, and then she comes to look of us. I've heard chickens beaks don't stop growing and she dosent get the same wear on her beak and claw as my outside birds. I know I should clip her toes when they get to long... I jut don't know what to use. [​IMG]
    So my questions are...
    1) Do I need to clip Tu tu's beak?
    2) what should I use to clip her toes? (and beak if needed.)

  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    I don't think you have to clip the beak.
    I'm not really sure how tough chicken nails are but you may have to use clippers made for small dogs. Just a guess though.
  3. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    No, you would only need to do this if the beak becomes overgrown to the point of interfering with the chicken's ability to eat. That's quite rare, I think.

    It's more common for toenails to overgrow. It's easy to trim back just a little bit at a time with toenail clippers sold for trimming dogs' nails. That's what I use. Be careful not to trim so much that you cut the quick. If you overdo it and the nail starts to bleed, you can stop the bleeding with some Quikstop powder, or just some plain cornstarch or flour.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Give her a rock or a brick or something similar and she'll wear her beak down herself.
  5. Peppypap

    Peppypap In the Brooder

    Dec 16, 2010
    Dallas TX
    Thank you!

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