Should we have our chicks debecked?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LeghornGuy, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. LeghornGuy

    LeghornGuy In the Brooder

    Jul 18, 2007
    New Orleans
    I am planning to order 40 leghorn pullets in May.
    However, my sister and mother are going to take 20 pullets.
    That will leave me with 20 pullets.
    I am going to raise all 40 pullets for 3 months or so.

    Should I have them debecked?
    Are there any disadvantages to getting them debecked?

    What are the advantages?
    If you have debecked chickens, do you notice any difference between your flock?

    My yard space is limited and I have a flock of 14 hens.
    I will not free range the younger pullets for 4 or 5 months
    Let me know
    (Waiting till May before I order my pullets)
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Unless you are gong to raise them like a factory farm where they have no room to move around, there is not really any reason to debeak. It's only benefit is that in conditions where the hens cannot get away from each other, they can't peck on each other. In a free range situation, they may have harder times keeping up with eating bugs and keeping up in the pecking order with intact beaked hens. However, some members do have rescues and debeaked hens, which are doing just fine. Just keep the feed dishes deep.

    I personally think it is unnecessary and shouldn't be done if you plan to have just a back yard flock.
  3. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    I agree, unless you plan on confining them in very close spaces, there's not really any reason to debeak, I would personally never do it.
  4. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    I would never debeak a chicken, they can't protect themselves from other chickens and some have a hard time eating.
  5. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    I, too, would never debeak my chicks. It is an extremely painful procedure for the chick and I have heard that they can have residual pain their entire life. Also, like others have mentioned, it makes it difficult for them to catch bugs and such....something that I know is a huge part of my chickens happiness.
  6. Wolf

    Wolf Songster

    Mar 16, 2007
    Piedmont of Virginia
    [​IMG] Imagine having your upper lip sliced off! [​IMG]
  7. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
  8. unionwirewoman

    unionwirewoman Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    Kalispell , MT
    I have never done it ....nor will I ever....but my grandmother did it for egg eaters (she's almost 92 and has lived on a farm all her life ) Clipping the beak , if done properly is like cutting your fingernails or trimming a horses hoof . If you clip the proper amount there is no pain , but if you clip too deep , it will draw blood and will be very painfull . As I said , I wouldn't do it or recomend it especially if you have the room for all the chickens .[​IMG]
  9. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    I personally would never do it. I mean a beak is an intricate part of a chicken...any bird for that matter. IMHO that is a disfiguring cruelty. Would you do it to a canary, parrot, eagle or hummingbird? if not, why do it to a chicken? Just my personal 2 cents worth.
  10. KrisRose

    KrisRose Songster

    Mar 9, 2007
    Davison, MI.
    Please don't. I'v dealt with a chicken with the tip of her beak broken and she was in alot of pain.

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