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New hen with REALLY long toe nails

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by nayeli, Sep 29, 2014.

  1. nayeli

    nayeli Songster

    Jan 18, 2014
    I just got a silver speckled hamburg and was socializing with her today and noticed her nails are REALLY long. It didn't seem to be bothering her the first day we got her (saturday) but since I put hay in a nest box in for her she seems to prefer laying down and doesn't try to perch at all.

    I'm wondering if I need to cut her nails. One is literally over 2 inches long!
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    I suppose it couldn't hurt if they're that long. Maybe she wasn't in a place where she could scratch around and wear them down naturally before you got her.

    I would just have some septic powder on hand, that way, if you do cut the quick and a nail bleeds, that powder will stop the bleeding right away.

    If you wrap her in a towel and cover her face, she should be very still for you.
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    Yes you can trim her nails, we just use a dog nail clipper. If she has dark nails just cut them back a little at first and then do a little more every few days.

    If you have other birds I'd keep her quarantined well away from them for at least 30 days. There is probably a very good reason why she's not moving around much and why her nails have grown to this extent.
  4. nayeli

    nayeli Songster

    Jan 18, 2014
    She is quarantined... and its not that she isn't moving at all, she does scratch at the ground and is eating fresh grass/greens and her food! But I did notice when she is climbing into the nest box she doesn't perch and she picks up her feet more than my other birds.
  5. chickincrazy

    chickincrazy Chirping

    Jan 20, 2014
    The middle of nowhere
    I don't blame her! If my toenails were that long I'd probably walk funny too... Cutting the nails is easy, just be sure to go slow; it took me FOREVER to learn not to cut off big pieces at a time.
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  6. nayeli

    nayeli Songster

    Jan 18, 2014
    We will start tonight and do it a little bit per day! She seems pretty healthy otherwise, she at least knows what grass is! I'm not sure if her nails just grow fast or if she was caged up for a while... but I think she will enjoy the tractor when we are able to integrate them (after quarantine).

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