Homemade Quail Beak trimmer ideas?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by randyandmegs, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. randyandmegs

    randyandmegs Songster

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    Looking for ideas on trimming my Bobwhites beaks. I raise 1000 and the nail clippers are not logical for my operation. I have heard about using a soldiering iron but not to sure about that idea. When I had a much smaller operation toenail clippers worked great, always instantly stopped the pecking and fighting. Any ideas would be appreciated.
     
  2. QuailKeeper

    QuailKeeper Chirping

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    i dont see how an electric debeaker could be faster when you stiil have to pick one quail up at a time. the large sized nail clippers would be best if you could have several pairs and get family to help you
     
  3. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    What is this????

    We're able to trim their beaks? Any sources as to where I can find more info on beak trimming on quail?

    Males and females can be trimmed? How far up?

    Sorry, didn't mean to hijack...
     
  4. randyandmegs

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    Yes, I do it all the time. If they start pecking and fighting just clip the tip off a little to where it is not a sharp point and that will fix the problem. Mine do it because of overcrowding more than anything I believe. Quail are nothing pheasants are the worst for it, but same thing just nip off the tip and it will fix most pecking problems. Im just trying to find a faster way.
     
  5. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Crowing

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    Chukars Are No Slouch About Pecking Either.... I Recently Had A Local Tell Me They Had Used The Lil Dremmel Tool Type Dog Nail Trimmer--- You Know The Fancy 1 They Sell Which Is Really A Dremmel Tool And Sanding Drum In A Special "look At Me!" Type Of Outer Housing--- I Dunno As That Would Be Any Easier Than The Toenail Clippers Tho....

    They Do Make And Sell Commercial De-beaking Tools, Check Cutler Supply
     
  6. randyandmegs

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    Yeah I saw those. Maybe I can find a used one someday. Over $300 for the one that Lyon makes. I think that one is better than toe nail clippers because it with clippers the the beak grows back pretty quick.
     
  7. DLS

    DLS Songster

    I have a radio shack soldering iron .Just touch the hot iron to the beak. 1second & its done & has no sharp edges at all. we have been doing this on quail ,chickens & turkeys my whole life, My dad heated an antique iron up in a stove. now a days we plug in & go . the iron cost less than $10.00 at the shack
    Dan
     
  8. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    I dont understand why nail clippers would be more time consuming than a sodering iron thing you still gotta take them out and hold them still [​IMG]


    As for where to trim the beak. it depends. I believe birds should get a second chance... so I only trim the tip so the birds beak will grow back. I only have one hen that i perminantly debeaked... her beak is pretty far back...it's pretty traumatizing for the bird... she's alive and eats well but i don't like to do it perminantly.

    I use dog toenail clippers now very easy and the shape works perfectly for the beak.


    ETA: if the birds beak grows back and its' stll mean then i cull it... no point keeping an aggressive bird IMO. Most birds i debeak not perminantly, grow back and aren't aggressive ever again...it's like they learn to live without the point so when it grows back they dont realize.
     
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  9. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Songster

    simple solution [​IMG] , provide the space the birds need..less stress is also involved..for both the keeper and bird..
     
  10. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:Not really. Space has nothing to do with a overzelous wanting to breed roo (coturnix). Also has nothing to do with a hen (coturnix) that is just aggressive. Now in bobwhite sure....Edited to add...DUH that IS the species you were talking about [​IMG]
     
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