is it possible to trim a beak?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lightbread48, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. lightbread48

    lightbread48 In the Brooder

    Feb 23, 2008
    Thomasville Ga
    My hen was trying to fight another hen though the fence a few months ago and messed up her bottom beak. I thought it would heal up and return to normal. That didnt happen. The bottom half of her beak is nearly flat and a little shorter than it should be and the top part has grown longer and is curved way more than it should be. She eats ok still . . . for now. Im afraid if i just keep leaving it, she wont be able to in the future. I dont know if i should file like a fingernail? or trim it off? Im afraid that it will hurt her if i cut it. Surely it will bleed. Has anybody else ever heard of this happening?
  2. farm_mom

    farm_mom Songster

    Mar 11, 2008
    You may want to do a search here for "crossbeak" or "debeaking". I know some people trim their crossbeaks so I'm sure someone here has talked about how they do it in a previous post. Good Luck!

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