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Help! Recovering chicken's beak has grown so she cannot eat! Do I trim it?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sammymocha, May 21, 2016.

  1. sammymocha

    sammymocha Out Of The Brooder

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    I have nursed my Americana hen after a dog mauled her. She lost a lot of skin on her neck. Finally, after a month, that has healed, but I know her neck must still bother her. But she had been eating well until recently. Yesterday I noticed that her upper beak has grown out and under, sort of like a fingernail, making it difficult to pick things up.

    Would it hurt her to trim this so it's the same length as the lower like it used to be? I think this is happening because moving her neck hurt her so she didn't peck as much and naturally wear down the beak. Could this be correct? I'm also going to do Internet search, but wanted to post this here right away.

    Thank you!!
     
  2. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    I trimmed my overgrown hen's beak once. I just used nail clippers and was careful to leave a bit of length down over the front and not cutit too short.
     
  3. sammymocha

    sammymocha Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, I ended up trimming with a nail clipper too. No big deal! Wrapped her in my lap and it took two seconds. She was so thirsty and hungry! So glad I noticed it and found YouTube video to see how. Seems there is always something new to learn.

    Thanks,
    Anne
     

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