Too long claws on hens - newbie question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Nbird, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. Nbird

    Nbird In the Brooder

    We got 10 banty hens from a neightbor that were never outside of their coop. They have super long claws. Do we clip them? When we let them out to free range will they wear down? Help this newbie, please. Thanks!
  2. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    If you have good clippers and some quick stop I would clip them. Be prepared for major theatrics from the chickens though!
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Well, if they can still "aim down" I'd just let them run around and wear down. Now if they are all bent sideways out of wack, I'd trim them. Be sure to have that quick stop or corn starch to stop the bleeding if you do get the quick of the nail.

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