Does anyone trim their Chickens beaks...........if so WHY?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by manchick, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. manchick

    manchick Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 21, 2009
    Elkhart, IN
    I was look at different Hatcheries and most all only offer started chickens with beaks trimmed!
  2. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    belive it to be cruel, and see absoutley no reason do do it for a few back yard birds. They only need to do it for crowded stressed factory farm birds that tend to pick at each other. The beak is very sensitive and it hurts the baby bird. Also it makes it harder for the bird to eat and drink, and they cant really pick up seeds as easy.
  3. backforty

    backforty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2008
    central WI
    they debeak to keep them from picking each other and eating there eggs. I bought a bantie hen from a sale that was debeaked and didnt realize why it was at the time. The beak grew back and now she picks on the other bantie and eats her eggs and ive tried a lot to stop her from doing it. ive tried just trimming a little offher beak so it wasnt hooked, putting balls in her nestbox and checking for eggs more often but I think Im going to end up debeaking her too else she'll end up in the soup pot. It looks bad, it sounds bad but I guess if it keeps her around and stops the problems I'll have to do it.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2009
  4. manchick

    manchick Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 21, 2009
    Elkhart, IN
    Seems cruel and unusual for just my small flock
  5. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    My grandmother used to debeak her pullets - she raise some mean, broody hens (but they were egg-laying machines). I don't know what breed they were - they were white and laid white eggs. They would peck the holy fire out of you when you reached under them to get the eggs.
  6. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

    Jan 23, 2009
    South GA
    one of my RIR hens had her beak trimmed - too short if you ask me - and although it doesn't seem to effect anything, I think it's cruel and pointless action for a small flock or free range bird
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    It's to prevent damage from pecking. It doesn't prevent pecking itself.

    If the birds are in a good environment - sufficient food, water, space, and entertainment - pecking won't be a problem in 95% of situations. some birds just do peck, however.

    Trimming is often done for very large flocks.
  8. chook pen jen

    chook pen jen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2009
    Collie W.Australia
    dont buy debeaked birds it only encourages the practise ,and tell the producers why you wont buy from them [​IMG]
  9. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Mountain Home, AR
    One of my red stars accidentally ripped her beak right across the middle and she was in terrible pain. I could never do that.
  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:If they did not debeak them, they couldn't raise them up to sale age in the same way, thus they would have to charge a whole lot more for started pullets. Also it is sort of industry standard for commercial farms.

    The solution is not to buy started birds from a big hatchery -- costs way too much with shipping anyhow [​IMG] -- find someone local to buy from [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,


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