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Trimming beak on cross beaked?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by koakritters, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. koakritters

    koakritters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been reading that you can trim/file down the beaks, and i want to try it on my little cross beaked, however i haven't found a "right" or a "wrong" way to do it. can someone give me instructions, or point me in the right direction, so i know what i'm doing when i try this? I'd hate to hurt her somehow by doing it wrong, i'm hoping she can eat a bit better this way, she's doing pretty good, but still not as big as her siblings. [​IMG]
     
  2. flnatv

    flnatv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no experience, but I did see someone used one of those pedipaws to grind top and bottom a little.
    Hope this may help get you some answers.
     
  3. ElioraImmanuel

    ElioraImmanuel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I's like to know the answer to this question, too.[​IMG]
     
  4. Chickensman97

    Chickensman97 Out Of The Brooder

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    With my cross beak, I took a pair of nail clippers and cut the beak as close as I could so that it wouldn't bleed, if yours starts to bleed a little you can put some flour on it to help it stop.
     
  5. JosieChick

    JosieChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried trimming my cross beaked girl a while back with a dremel. I am a dog groomer and fairly handy at running a dremel to do dogs nails so I thought it wouldn't be hard. I haven't done it since because it got too close and her poor beak was sore for a few days. Some people say if you trim the lower beak they loose the ability to "scoop" food well. I have left hers alone since then and she has done fine so I figure if it isn't broke I won't try to fix it! There is usually very little beak that can be safely taken off that doesn't have blood supply to it. Just my two cents. [​IMG]
     

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