Trimming Chicken Toenails

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

  1. Knaack

    Knaack Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 29, 2013
    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

    Jan 10, 2013
    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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