Trim claws?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Shrader, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. Shrader

    Shrader Songster

    Apr 7, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Okay, in the realm of dumb chicken question, this may rank as one of the dumbest. But I have to ask. At 4 weeks, my little girls have very sharp claws. I've never owned birds before, just cats and dogs -- whose claws I trim. Is it necessary/ possible/ practical to trim the hens' claws? Thanks.
  2. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    Are the pullets still inside? Once they are outside on the ground where they can scratch, the claws will wear to be more rounded. People do clip their chickens claws, but I never have.
    I think I remember SpottedCrow saying that they do it with their birds - are you reading this? Was it you? [​IMG]
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    If you are brooding your birds inside on shavings, their nails and beaks will be very sharp. Just toss them outside on some dirt for a few weeks and they will trim themselves down. It's normal and if you do want to trim the nails, be very careful to not cut too deep as they will bleed.

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