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Shedding claws?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Butterball, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. Butterball

    Butterball In the Brooder

    Oct 29, 2008
    Do chickens and/or guineas lose/shed/get new claws? I've had chickens for 8+ years and never noticed if they did. HOWEVER, four of our guineas (1 1/2 years old) have lost their back claws during the winter. I don't know what could have bothered them-they have been inside most of the winter. Just curious!

  2. DTchickens

    DTchickens Crowing

    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    i don't know about guineas.. but i don't believe chickens shed their claws.. Their like our finger nails... they just grow and grow and grow until they break off/are cut... or worn down scratching through dirt etc
  3. firedove

    firedove Songster

    Nov 10, 2008
    Fitzwilliam NH
    Did they get really cold at any point? Frostbite can take off the tips of their toes along with the claws

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