How short do i cut their nails?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Easter_pink_silkies, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. Easter_pink_silkies

    Easter_pink_silkies Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    Northern Virginia
    Some of them have black toenails and i can't see what im cutting, i most certainly dont want to hurt them...[​IMG]
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Its kind of like cat claws. Dont cut to high. if you do get some flour or corn starch. It will help clot the blood
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2008
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    If you have a place for them to scratch around in the dirt, you probably don't need to cut their nails. But if they are long, just slowly cut down from the tip and have some quick stop just in case.
  4. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    If you have a moveable pen, put them on concrete(driveway, maybe?) and then put a little bit of scratch mixed in dirt or straw and then spread it across the concrete. The idea is to get them to scratch around in the dirt looking for tidbits of food, but because the layer of dirt is so thin they end up scratching around on concrete.

    The concrete with file their nails down pretty well. It is why dogs kept on concrete have the best nails.


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