Trimming Chicken Toenails

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Knaack, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. Knaack

    Knaack Out Of The Brooder

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    Some of our chickens have very long toenails that curve. Can they be safely trimmed? How do you know how much to cut off?
     
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  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    Yes they can be safely trimmed. A lot easier if someone helps you. And wrapping the chicken in a towel makes it a lot easier.

    If you can see the pulp = pink flesh in the proximal nail, try not to cut that. But even carefully cutting, you may see some bleeding, so have things ready.

    I went thru human toenail clippers and pet guillotine clippers and both failed. I bought scissors type nail clippers for Large Dogs and they work great.

    Have styptic powder on hand so if you get bleeding it can be stopped fairly easily. Personally found a little pressure with a tissue on the tip works well enough.

    ** if you are unsure where the pulp is , then just take a little off at a time about a 1/4 of an inch and repeat the trimming every week or so til the nails are down to normal length.
     
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