trim ducks nails??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by evonne, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. evonne

    evonne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2009
    Las Vegas
    hey guys [​IMG]

    i just noticed the little claw nails on my ducks are getting VERY long... am i sposed to trim them??? and would i use the same tool i use to trim my cat's claws?? or regular nail trimmers?? or wire cutters??
    or do i just leave them alone??
     
  2. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    i use a pedi paws on their nails. they do get long! esp when they get a lot of calcium in their diets. I know of others who use a dremel. The pedi paws is basically the same thing.

    I wouldn't use nal trimmers, since they seem to cracl and splinter their nails, which are hollow on the underside...
     
  3. evonne

    evonne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2009
    Las Vegas
    i was thinking of getting out the thing i have in my nail kit for trimming the acrylic nail tips.. lol.. but it's very similar to the cat claw nipper....
    i have a dremel somewhere out in the shed... what bit thing is best?? med sandpaper??
    i could hold them down and use my nail files... lol..
     
  4. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    nail files are no good because their nails are harder than ours, so it takes far too long. I just lie them on their backs wrapped in a towel and place them on my leg/thigh with their heads under my arm. I kinda put them in a headlock so i have both hands free to use the pedi paws. A medium grit bit on a dremel is about the same thing... you could go one finer if you are nervous. Just go slow, take off little bits at a time, and don't go down to far so their nails don't bleed... Just like with dogs/cats their have a sensitive quik
     
  5. evonne

    evonne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2009
    Las Vegas
    k... i'll give it a try after the craziness from thursday and this hatch is over... lol...
    i just wasn't sure if it was something that needed to be done or not...
    my chicken's don't seem toget long like the ducks.. is that normal too??
     

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