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

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

  1. fushalilly

    fushalilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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  3. thechickman04

    thechickman04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    go to mcmurrayhatchery.com and look at the pic of the turken it has been debeaked
     
  4. kayri

    kayri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. hooligan

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. CoopDelisle

    CoopDelisle Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

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

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hypno, I am sending you a PM
     
  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    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]

    Pat
     

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