Nail Clippers on Pullet Beak?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by got2bskilled, May 15, 2009.

  1. got2bskilled

    got2bskilled Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a pullet with an upper beak that is hooked. Her mouth closes sideways... and I think it is effecting the way she eats now.

    Do you think it would hurt her if I clip a small bit with nail clippers? I am not too sure how to know know where the quik is...

    any suggestions would be a blessing!

    Thanks~ :)
     
  2. got2bskilled

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    ANY ADVICE AT ALL [​IMG] ........
     
  3. mrszlopez

    mrszlopez Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, im not sure about where the quick in the beak is, but i have a blind rooster that had an overgrown beak & he got his beak caught in the wiring of the coop during a rooster fight (thats how he went blind). In the process of removing his beak out of the wire, he flared around & his beak actually broke a little. It bled a tiny bit, but it didnt stop him from eating or anything. I would say that it wouldnt hurt her too much. If anything, it would probably help her. Just be sure to not go up unreasonably far. Good luck & keep us posted on her condition !!
     
  4. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    if you have access to a dremel or rotary tool, try using a sanding belt on it. Take off a TINY bit, don't hold the tool against the beak for very long because it WILL get hot and hurt the chick and damage the beak. This would give you better control than clippers, IMO. (At least that's how I do the cockatiels' toenails, and my friend who's a wildlife rehabber and mobile bird groomer does this with overgrown beaks on the bigger birds). If I HAD to do anything to it at all, I'd try the rotary tool instead of clippers. The clippers would add more pressure to the beak as you squeeze them closed, too. Just a suggestion...
     
  5. got2bskilled

    got2bskilled Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I will give it a clip in th morning and post the results. I am sorry about the blind rooster. Very sad indeed.
     
  6. magsrags

    magsrags Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Perfect info![​IMG]
     
  7. mrszlopez

    mrszlopez Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck with it & no need to be sorry about the blind rooster lol - he is now almost 7 years old & lives with a fellow blind rooster. They are happy as anything !!

    Heres "Ray"

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    & his partner Stevie

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  8. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    Quote:Perfect info![​IMG]

    Thank you! At least I've gotten something right when it comes to these critters... *looking for the "blushing" smilie...*
     
  9. mrszlopez

    mrszlopez Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i agree - your answer was way better than mine lol i figured id just share my story & hopefully others can benefit ? lol [​IMG]
     
  10. got2bskilled

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    Well my dear KooKoo is looking much better this morning! I think her whole upper beak is growing crooked though.... so I am not sure how long this will last. Might have to do this again.

    Here is my beloved KooKoo (Lakenvelder Splashed Pullet). Her name is Koo Koo because she goes bonkers around people.

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    Crtlover- Thanks so much for the good info. I Wish I had a dremel... but I dd make sure I used the sharpest pair of clippers... and I did clip fast. Now dremel is on my list of things to pick up from the exchange ~ I think this will be part of my usual bird maintance.

    Mrszlopez- that is one cute pair of blind roosters! :) The blind leading the blind~ I am glad to hear they are happy and are living well. And that is a good story to learn from- now I know how trimming a hooked beak is extremely important to keep up with. Thank you! Adorable little guys you have!

    I can always count on the BYCers~ Thanks! [​IMG]
     

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