After putting it off and putting it off, yesterday we decided to trim the upper beak on my crossbeak chick, Dragon. We decided to use the dog nail clippers as several people had recommended. The clippers have a guard on them to keep from cutting too much off at once. I held Dragon while DH cut. Dragon didn't seem to mind the cutting at all, but a few seconds later the beak started bleeding, and then bleeding heavily. I set her back down in her brooder and within a few minutes the walls of the brooder (a clear rubbermaid tote) were streaked with blood. Usually calm during emergencies I started freaking. We tried everything to staunch the flow of blood - cornstarch, pressure, a styptic stick - nothing worked and the flow of blood got worse. DH, who has decades of experience with chickens wanted to cauterize it but I didn't want to cause Dragon more pain. Without any choice I finally agreed. DH heated up a knife blade, I held Dragon while he did the cauterization. Dragon screamed, I screamed. Honestly, it was one of the worse experiences I've had since I started raising chickens. Within 15 minutes Dragon was back to acting as if nothing had happened. My stepdaughter helped by cleaning up all the blood in the brooder. Hours later I would start crying again every time I thought about it. Never again will I cut a chickens beak, NEVER.