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toenail issues

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JarrodnJojo2016, Dec 4, 2016.

  1. JarrodnJojo2016

    JarrodnJojo2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    one of my new black tailed white Japanese hens has extremely long toenails, way over the length they should be. should I cut it? an I cut it with regular or dog toenail clippers? it throws her balance off a bit and I hate it how it makes her pretty little feet look! any suggestions??
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Yes, you can trim her nails with dog toe nail clippers. Understand that there is a quick in the nails just as with dogs nails.
     
  3. JarrodnJojo2016

    JarrodnJojo2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    If her toenails are white, you may be able to see the quick. If they are colored, just trim back a little bit at a time.
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Also look to prevent the problem from reoccurring. Make birds have locations they can scratch and where the tips of the evergrowing talons. A box with a wooden bottom they can scratch down to is a start. Consider placing sand or pea gravel in the same box. One of these days I will try wrapping roosting dowel with sand paper to see how that works.
     

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