Trim chicken toenails?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Tala, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I picked up my Leghorns today (they are flighty and difficult - I only pick them up when necessary) and their toenails seem awfully long. They seem like it would be uncomfortable, but what do I know?

    They "free" range, but with all the grass and so much rain recently I doubt that they are filing their nails down much as they scratch. Here's a pic tell me if you think the nails are too long?

  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    The nails look okay but a little bit of a trim might be good. If you decide to do so, use dog nail clippers slightly larger than you think you'll need. Cut very carefully!
  3. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I'm the official pet nail clipper of the family so I'm pretty sure I can do it if they need it.

    Maybe I'm just comparing the chickens to the dog? I do like to keep my dog's nails pretty short and those would be too long for my dog, but maybe they're ok for chickens. [​IMG]
  4. LittleMamaBigPapa

    LittleMamaBigPapa Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Bellevue, Nebraska
    a bit long. I'd trim them. I learned that from a chicken farmer who has raised them for show for 20 years. I watched him trim some beaks with nail clippers!! [​IMG]
  5. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    I agree that those look to be on the long side of want fun try trimming quail toenails...that is a riot...NOT
  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Quote:Really, it couldn't be any worse than cats. I swear you need at least three hands/arms to even attempt to trim cat's nails!
    I will lock the rooster up then I will get DH to hold the birds down some day when he's in a helpful mood. Should be "fun" [​IMG]

    Anyway, I pick up my red birds more often and both the roo and Queenie don't have that long of nails, but all the Leghorns seemed shockingly long. Breed differences I guess.
  7. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Crowing

    Jan 25, 2008
    Northern KY
  8. Sissy

    Sissy Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    Sevier county, Tn.
    Is it necessary to trim nailson chix.
    I never have.
  9. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Crowing

    Jan 25, 2008
    Northern KY
    It's only needed if the nails get too long. Birds that have the opportunity to run around outside don't generally need it, but those who are confined do.
  10. Uzuri

    Uzuri Songster

    Mar 25, 2009
    Hah, my cats are easy; my dog bites my head off.

    If you just want to take the points off, let the quick retreat, and repeat in a week or so, you might try rabbit claw trimmers. I found those to be very nice for cat-claws, and anything that's extremely fine and sharp. They seem to be a little easier to handle than dog trimmers, since they don't have the loop. They won't handle thick claws, though.

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