Trimming Nails ??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cherp68, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. cherp68

    cherp68 Out Of The Brooder

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    We've had 2 Red-Sex-links for almost 2 years now, we are still learning as we go.

    Are we supposed to be trimming their nails?
     
  2. mkearsley

    mkearsley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I tried trimming one of my hen's nails. It was very hard to not cut too deep, and she squirms more than a dog or cat. Good thing I had some Magic Powder (sold at the local feed & supply store) to stop all the bleeding from two toes [​IMG] If your birds are outside, or scratching in something rough (sand or soil) they should wear down their nails. Then hen I trimmed was bought from a hatchery & she never was able to naturally trim her own nails since she was inside the first 10 months of life. By the time I got her, her nails were all kinds of deformed (which is why I trimmed). My birds that I bought as chicks & have let free range have no issues with their nails being really long since they're constantly scratching around the hard ground.
     

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