Trimming a crossed beak.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by TheBigWRanch, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. TheBigWRanch

    TheBigWRanch Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    Wenatchee, Washington
    I tried trimming my chicken's crossed beak for the first time today. The top went fine, the chicken acted like I was killing it though. Then when I trimmed the lower beak it started bleeding. Is that normal? Did I do something wrong? I don't want to end up hurting the chicken any more than I have to in the future, so advice on how to do it correctly would really be appreciated.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Ah, if it started bleeding that means you cut too far into the beak. But if it is necessary to cut that far to realign the beak, maybe you could get a hold of some quick stop to stop the bleeding next time. Hand her a treat when you are done and maybe she will start to calm down.
  3. mlheran

    mlheran Songster

    Can I ask what you used for clipping? I have to do one of mine soon, so any info on it is appreciated -I'm sure others could use it as well. Also, did you find an effective way to hold her?

    As for the bleeding, yes, that means you cut too far. If you have cornstarch on hand that will stop it, though a styptic pencil (or powder) is best.

    And yes, a tasty treat for her makes it all worthwhile! [​IMG]
  4. TheBigWRanch

    TheBigWRanch Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    Wenatchee, Washington
    Well, the reason why I was so surprised is that we barely trimmed a sliver off of his beak, there was no way to trim any less. I used toe nail trimmers. I just held his body in one hand and his head in the other, and had my mom trim it. We took a lot off of the top without any bleeding, only the bottom was a problem.
  5. beckt

    beckt Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Usually you don't trim the lower beak, just the upper to match the lower as well as possible. When the vet does mine they never do the bottom one.
  6. Wes in Tx

    Wes in Tx Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    You shouldn't trim the lower beak as that is the beak they use to scoop feed with. All you are trying to do by trimming the upper beak is to keep it from growing around the bottom beak, nothing more is accomplished.
  7. xrayman

    xrayman In the Brooder

    Apr 4, 2007
    Central IA
    Quote:I use wire cutters, we call them side cutters or dikes around here. Also dog nail trimmers work well
  8. robin416

    robin416 Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    What about using a dremel? I just read somewhere someone using one but darned if I can remember where.

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