Does Meyer Hatchery de-beak their chicks?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by chickenbarn-gal, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. chickenbarn-gal

    chickenbarn-gal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2010
    Michigan
    I think it's horrible that they clip their beaks, what a painful procedure! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Do you know if Meyer's Hatchery Clip their beaks????
     
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  2. fluffychickens

    fluffychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont know if they do but I'm pretty sure clipping beaks dosent hurt chickens. People do it to show chickens and sometimes a chickens beak gets so long they cant eat properly.
     
  3. chickenbarn-gal

    chickenbarn-gal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2010
    Michigan
    Quote:Yes, if it gets too long then you must, but only to a certain extent. Most hatcheries that de-beak their chickens cut too close to their nerves which can be extremely painful to the bird....... And I don't want my chickens to be de-beaked. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  4. Blue

    Blue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, if it gets too long then you must, but only to a certain extent. Most hatcheries that de-beak their chickens cut too close to their nerves which can be extremely painful to the bird....... And I don't want my chickens to be de-beaked. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Clipping and de-beaking are not the same thing. To answer your question, though, I don't think the hatcheries de-beak or clip the beaks of day old chicks, or at least I've never seen any that were like this. De-beaking is a procedure that is usually done to older chickens to keep them from feather picking the other chickens (which is usually only a problem if the chickens are in very cramped conditions), so it may be done to started pullets on occasion, but no chicks you order should be de-beaked.
     
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  5. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    They won't debeak if you don't ask.
     
  6. chickenbarn-gal

    chickenbarn-gal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2010
    Michigan
    Thanks everyone! I just wanted to make sure before i ordered them [​IMG]
     
  7. Nambroth

    Nambroth Fud Lady

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    If you are ordering day-olds, then no, they will not de-beak unless you ask them to.

    I don't know if they de-beak started pullets or not.
     

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