What does a de-beaked chicken look like? (beak trimmed)?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by fushalilly, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. fushalilly

    fushalilly Songster

    Mar 9, 2008
    Rhode Island
    i want to order 6 started pulllets from mcmurray hatchery, but they all come debeaked! I dont know how i feel about it. What are the pros and cons? I know pecking wouldnt be a problem here, because i only want a small flock of 6.
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I have 4 debeaks. cons is the are in pain for 2 weeks
    pros is no cannabilism or feather picking

    Edited: typos
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2008
  3. thechickman04

    thechickman04 Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Cumming, Georgia
    go to mcmurrayhatchery.com and look at the pic of the turken it has been debeaked
  4. kayri

    kayri Songster

    Jul 6, 2007
    I have a friend who ordered from Mc Murray and they really cut the beak right off, almost to the nostrils. When she called to complain, the lady said it must have been a mistake. . .
  5. BrahmaMama

    BrahmaMama Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    South Dakota
  6. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007

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  7. CoopDelisle

    CoopDelisle Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    Gulf Coast
  8. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I could not pair 2 weeks of pain. Is there a petition to sign to stop this?
  9. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    Hypno, I am sending you a PM
  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:Sorry steve, but more accurately:

    Pros: less (not "no") cannibalism or picking

    Cons: there is evidence that the pain is long-term, like a year or more, plus which debeaking makes it difficult for chickens to eat normally off hard surfaces.

    Not an activist, just an owner of 3 debeaked hens (when I ordered them as ready-to-lay pullets from the feed store, I just did not stop to think about the debeaking thing, and what was I going to do, refuse to take them?) who get along pretty well but really I cannot see doing that to a chicken unless there is a pretty darn good reason, and 'because I want to keep them in excessively crowded conditions' (which is why it's done) does not strike me as a justification [​IMG]


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