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.
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