Over-long Beak: Should I Trim?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pek, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. pek

    pek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my bantams, who eats just layer pellets, has a very long beak that hooks over almost half an inch. She does not appear to have any more trouble than the other birds and is not under weight, but it makes me worried. Should I trim it or file it or just leave it be? I can post a picture tomorrow if that helps. Thanks!
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    You can easily trim the hook with a pair of dog nail clippers. Be careful to avoid the quick and trim only the hard portion.
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Yes, you can trim the beak. Be careful not to cut the "quick." You can see the 'quick' by adjusting a light to see through it. Patience is key. Trim a little at a time.
     
  4. pek

    pek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, thank you so much!
     

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