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trimming sharp beak

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by prittybitty, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. prittybitty

    prittybitty Out Of The Brooder

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    i have a friend whos father raised chickens, he would trim there beaks so they could not do so much damamge to the skin. i have twelve, 6 week old buff orpingtons, and 4,3,1 year old grandsons. is it to late to trim the chickens beaks?
     
  2. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    what kind of damage are you talking about to the skin?,, are your pecking each other badly?
     
  3. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    What are you thinking about when you say "trimming". Are you meaning just clipping off the very point? Or do you mean debeaking (I believe thats what it is called)? Where you cut back the top beak?

    For just clipping you will need to do it every so often. Just take a good sharp finger nail clipper and clip the very end of the top beak off. It will grow back with time and the clipping won't interfer with their eating.

    Debeaking is not something that I personally approve of so I can't/won't advise you on that one. Those poor birds do have it a little rougher.
     
  4. prittybitty

    prittybitty Out Of The Brooder

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    no, my grandsons want to be around them all the time, and thats fine now. but im not wanting them to be scared of them later as the chicks become older.
     
  5. prittybitty

    prittybitty Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks farmer kitty, just clipping works for me. debeaking does sound pretty drastic. i guess its like clipping finger nails then?
     
  6. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    Quote:Yes.
     
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    I've got a bird with a crossed beak. It gets a bit long & sharp sometimes, so I just grab her and my fingernail clippers, and trim it down a bit. Sometimes I file it.

    DBF calls it a "beakicure".
     

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