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Do I need to Cut my hens toenails?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by fushalilly, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. fushalilly

    fushalilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used to have 4 free rangers and they never needed their nails cut becaue they wore them down easy.

    Now I have hens and they are not free range, they are confined. They look a lot longer than my other ones looked, should I cut them?
     
  2. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Free-range birds rarely need nail trimming because they file them down by scratching around in the dirt. However, birds that don't have access to digging in the ground get longer nails and depend on their caretakers to file or cut them. So in short, yes, you should cut them down if they are very long, or they can be painful for the bird. Dog nail trimmers work very well for this.
     
  3. Manok-Tao

    Manok-Tao Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Do chicken's nails have a quick?
     
  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:Do chicken's nails have a quick?

    YES

    Just cut the transparent part of the nail
     
  5. fushalilly

    fushalilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, thanks!
     
  6. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    You may find that an abrasive surface in the coop and another in the run will be useful- patio block, cinder block, rough-surfaced briaks, granite rock...I use these to keep my hens' nails down.[​IMG]
     

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