Please Help, Sally needs a manicure !

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by nikki_r5, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. nikki_r5

    nikki_r5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Please Help, Sally needs a manicure !

    Sally is a 6 yr. old Australop.
    She can't "scratch the ground" like other chickens do.
    Her nails are all at about 1/2 in. long.
    The nails are so long, her toes are twisting.

    She has really poor vision and she walks cautiously.
    It looks like cataracts in her eyes.
    I found her when she was young.
    She had been attacked by other young chickens.
    Bloody, featherless and in shock. I wasn't sure she would even live !

    She is more than just a "BackYard Chicken" to me . . .

    So, it's hard for her to walk and she doesn't eat much.

    What should I do ? Should I cut the nails ? If so, how ?

    [​IMG] Please help, I'm at a loss as to what to do . . . [​IMG]
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    Last edited: Feb 20, 2009
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
  3. farmertank

    farmertank Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2007
    Linden TN
    You can clip them, but be careful. It looks like her nails are white, so you should be able to hold them up and see where the blood vessels inside start. I would clip to just about 2 centimeters from the blood vessels. This way you won't hurt her and she won't bleed.

    This may be a 2 person job, one to hold her steady - one to do the clipping.

    I have used human clippers, but you can use the ones for cats too.

    after you clip file them smooth so the ends aren't sharp if she scratches her face.

    good luck, she looks like a very loved pet.

  4. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Does she scratch for goodies? Put her goodies on a paver tile and let her file her own nails. Or keep them done once you get her caught up...
  5. pipermark

    pipermark Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2007
    I forget the name of it but they have been advertising a trimmer for dogs on TV. It works great for chickens too!
  6. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    Quote:Yea, me too!.....what was it...what was it.....??? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Hold on let me look it up...
    I saw that it worked great! And way easier and less dangerous. [​IMG]
  7. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
  8. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2008
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Coop
    If you're worried about doing it yourself, you could probably go to a dog groomer. They are very experienced with nails...
  9. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    A vet tech would probably be able to clip those for you too. They only charge $5 to clip nails at my vet's office... of course that's for dogs & cats, but you could ask yours if they would do a chicken's nails and how much they would charge if they will do it. Best wishes! [​IMG]
  10. kycklingar!

    kycklingar! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 9, 2009
    Linköping, Sweden
    If you don't feel confident, I agree that a groomer or vet tech would be an excellent choice. If you do decide to do it yourself, DO NOT use human nail clippers. They can split the nail from the pressure on both sides. Pet nail clippers are rounded, and apply relatively even pressure all around. You can get them at any pet store.
    To do it yourself, have someone hold her still, and put the foot near a lightbulb or flashlight. You should be able to see the blood vessel. Cut with at least 1.5 cm to spare. Then, take an emory board and get rid of any rough bits so they don't cause splitting when she scratches. Once they are short, they should stay that way from healthy normal scratching behavior. She's such a lovely hen!

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