Silkie beak

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by silly4buttons, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. silly4buttons

    silly4buttons Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi could someone help my little silkie beak is not right. Is there a was to trim it or is it a lost cause thanks for your import



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  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    looks like you can file the top down some and she will be able to close her mouth a bit better. they have a blood vein like their nails do. a lot of people trim the beaks with dog clippers and then file but i have not had to do this yet. a cinder block in their run and they will some what do it themselves.
     
  3. silly4buttons

    silly4buttons Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's such a good idea about the cinder block Iam so afraid to hit the blood line but it needs to be done
     
  4. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    you wont hit it with just a file.[​IMG]
     
  5. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    I had a hen like that. I used pruning shears to reshape it. I lopped off straight, then carefully shaped the sides a bit. This was my first and only experience and one side did bleed because when I was cutting she moved her head. Dipped her beak in flour and the bleeding stopped. The beak will grow back.
     
  6. silly4buttons

    silly4buttons Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much are you should take off will its beak ever be normal
     
  7. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    Don't take off much or you'll hit the vein. My hen's grew back within a few months. I've since sold her.
     

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