I've posted here before about Nancy, my four-year old Light Brahma. I was cleaning out her deep foot-pad pockets (the topic of my previous post), and noticed she had just freshly torn the toe nail on her last toe. It was a ragged injury and the nail was hanging by some remaining flesh. It was bleeding profusely. I cleaned it and then clipped the hanging nail the rest of the way off. It refused to stop bleeding. I applied pressure, tried a styptic pencil, but it continued to bleed. I applied Blu-kote and placed her in a crate to wait for the bleeding to stop. After an hour, it was still bleeding. I cleaned it again, applied more Blu-kote and placed her on the roost in the coop. The toe was still bleeding. I'm not too worried about this, having dealt with far worse. But why all the bleeding? Nancy's the third hen to lose the nail on that last toe. Is this a common injury? How on earth do they manage to rip off a nail, anyway?