Talon removal?!?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by peepsandquacks, May 9, 2011.

  1. peepsandquacks

    peepsandquacks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    Im kidding, I wouldnt remove the talons, but can you safely cut duck claws? My male donald doesnt care if hes picked up. He just goes limp. My female though.....woah, she is a wild B**ch when being handled. Claws go a'flayling. I took both of them to the bathtub today for the first time (3 weeks old) and she cut up my arm and hand something awful.

    Can you cut them with nail clippers, just to prevent attempted murder by duck?
  2. DuckyMom

    DuckyMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2010
    Upstate NY
    You sure can but be careful! dont cut them too short (just remove the tips and maybe file them down a bit with an emeryboard.)

  3. DuckLover9138

    DuckLover9138 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2011
    You will live if you get scratched a little. If you make a mistake, you might tore off its talon completely and it won't grow back. Just don't pick them up, I picked up a male Mallard and it scratched me so hard by trying to escape that my hand actually bleed a bit, but it's healed now and you can't even see the scar.
  4. julie75

    julie75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Never thought of trimming their nails, hmm. But on the other hand I would be worried about them being able to protect themselves without their nails. I also have some skittish ducks when trying to hold them. I have learned that if you pick them up by holding their bodies closer to their legs they don't kick and scratch so much. Also, if you support their feet they seem to be happier while you are holding them. I think alot of it has to do with making them feel secure.
  5. DuckiesAndBees

    DuckiesAndBees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2011
    I agree with julie75, my ducks don't like when their feet dangle when I'm holding them. I don't usually get stratched when I put my hand under their feet. You can also hold them sitting down and that should help. Also, like with anything, the more you hold them the less they'll freak out and try to get away (resulting in big red scratches all down your arms! [​IMG]).

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