question: clipping chicken toenails?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicabee19, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    I noticed a thread about some sad recovered chickens that were received with very long toenails.

    Is regular clipping required, or were these birds somehow unable to act in ways that naturally keep their toenails short?

    thank you!

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If birds are not caged and can have gravel to scratch in or are outside, no clipping necessary. Most clipping must be done to show birds kept on soft litter or up off the ground most their lives because they can't scratch to wear it down.
  3. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    Birds kept in wire cages can't wear their toenails down, and some disease like scaly leg mites cause scales and nails to grow abnormally. In general chickens kept on normal surfaces to not need their nails trimmed- but even so- some older roos or hens will need their nails trimmed. If you look at their feet and their toes are getting lifted off the ground by their nails, or their nails (or toes) are turning sideways- by all means, trim them. Use dog or cat trimmers, parrot trimmers, or some big human toe nail trimmers. Jess
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I use DH's nail clippers...shhh...[​IMG]

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