is it possible to trim a beak?

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

  1. lightbread48

    lightbread48 Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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