Top beak is too long

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by NicInNC, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. NicInNC

    NicInNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My banty hens beaks are really long. When I had chickens many years ago, we never had to trim their beaks. I've never seen a beak at long as my banties though! It's their upper beak. How do I trim it? Clippers or file?
     
  2. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:believe both can work, but most use clippers
     
  3. NicInNC

    NicInNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's all I needed to know. Thanks!

    What can I do to prevent their beaks from getting so long in the future?
     
  4. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:best thing to do is keeping them on dirt ground.. they'll wear the beaks down on the dirt.
     
  5. chickenlady

    chickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use nail clippers. I do it every couple months on my modern game bantams.
     
  6. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could also use a dremmel tool, my vet did for my chicken with a crossed beak. But when I had to trim the beak of a hen that escaped into my yard, I used nail clippers to trim her beak. Since then she mostly keeps it trim herself by rubbing her beak on the ground or on stones. But maybe her beak grows too fast, because I have to trim it once in a while.
     

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