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Mixing Debeaked Hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Coles FreshEggs, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. Coles FreshEggs

    Coles FreshEggs Out Of The Brooder

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    I have about 13 separate flocks of birds. All Golden Comets of various ages. I have a question, as it is something I have never done before. Are there any concerns in mixing a flock of 15 debeaked hens in with a flock of 50 hens? Is it cruel because they are un-able to defend themselves? This is my last flock that is debeaked as I am currently phasing it out on my farm. Anyone who has any experience with this please let me know. Thanks
     
  2. JMarch

    JMarch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We mixed some debeaked egg farm rescues with a couple of our RIRs a few years ago- they did fine.
     
  3. Howlet

    Howlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    whats a debeaked hen O_O
     
  4. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    You clip off a portion of the upper beak so they can't peck each other....right? It grows back I think.
     
  5. Howlet

    Howlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    aww thats terrible!!! D:
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    If they are truly 'debeaked'.... it won't grow back.
     
  7. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    I think that whether it will grow back depends on how and how deep it was done. Decades ago things were done in more humane ways, with just the point ground off. If done correctly, it wouldn't cause a permanent deformity..kinda how the chickens grind their own on stone/wood.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  9. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    I know, and have seen photos how how those poor chickens look. And most are not able to eat and succumb to botched procedures.

    I don't advocate debeaking chickens and disagree with declawing cats. I love them the way they are.
     
  10. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    Then I'd mix debeaked birds with normal birds only if there was a lot of space, or only if the beaks where clipped so they'd grow back. Wouldn't want to leave any one with no way to defend them self or no where to run.
     

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