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Super Long Nails......

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sara_Georgia, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. Sara_Georgia

    Sara_Georgia In the Brooder

    Apr 11, 2008
    I was just given a pair of silkies and the hen has super long nails, like 3inches. I have them in a wire bottom pen and her nails keep getting caught, I know it's got to be painful. How do I need to clip them and with what?
    Thanks, Sara!
  2. Bee

    Bee Songster

    Mar 6, 2008
    Flemington, GA

    You can use dog clippers to clip a chickens toe nails. You want to do it just the way you would a dogs, being careful not to cut the quick, and file the cut edge. If you do cut the quick, and it bleeds, you can use "bleedstop".

    The best thing would be to cut a little at a time, waiting a few days to giving the quick time to recede, then cut more till you get them the right length.

    The very best thing, would be to not have her on a wire bottom cage, and she would wear them down natually by scratching.

    I hope this helps.

    How old is your Silky?
  3. Sara_Georgia

    Sara_Georgia In the Brooder

    Apr 11, 2008
    Ummm not sure on the age. We're working on getting them on the ground.

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