Does (Can?) Ideal Poultry dub chicks??

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by SilkiesForEver, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. SilkiesForEver

    SilkiesForEver Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 24, 2012
    Sacramento, CA
    I was checking out on Ideal poultry and saw that they dub chicks? Can you do that?? Just wondering.....[​IMG]
  2. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's still legal in the USA. The main reason it was done was for cockfighting ... which is now completely illegal in all 50 states as of 2008 (Louisiana coming in last). In 33 states it's an actual felony. The second reason it's done is because it's "good for frostbite prevention and injury from flock scuffles". The third reason it's done is because some chicken breeds are required to be dubbed in order to qualify to be shown in a poultry exhibit/show (much like ear cropping, tail docking, etc on dog breeds).

    So yes, Ideal Poultry can perform these procedures on baby chicks. They provide:

    dewing (this is not clipping wings, this is removing the actual bones of the chick's wings to prevent any flight whatsoever)

    The comb helps the chicken circulate blood faster...controlling body temp, etc. It also is a really good indicator of health issues based on the color of the comb.

    [Edit] I edited my post to remove all my angry personal feelings regarding the procedures and stick to the facts instead...that wasn't easy. I will say, however, that I will never be a customer of Ideal Poultry.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012
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  3. SilkiesForEver

    SilkiesForEver Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 24, 2012
    Sacramento, CA
    But they ship hour/day old chicks. The comb doesn't "develop" until three weeks old or so. [​IMG] Still?
  4. Tammy N

    Tammy N Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2011
    Florence Oregon
    That just seems Cruel to de-wing a chick How Odd and Inhuman
  5. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

    Apr 29, 2009
    alvarado, Tx
    It is not dewinging, it is removing the comb. And they just remove that little strip from the top. Most all hatcheries offer this service.

    When you have roos with large combs it can hinder them eating and drinking.
    And some will say if they get frostbite on their combs their fetility drops. I am not saying I believe this, just saying.

    It is no different than debudding a goat or cattle or castrating them at birth.

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