What is de-beaking?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 19hhbelgian, May 17, 2009.

  1. 19hhbelgian

    19hhbelgian Pigs DO Fly!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    New Tripoli PA
    I have never seen this, but have heard of it. Today I was on craigslist and there is a bit of a heated debate between 2 people about de-beaking your chicks... Doesn't sound like something you'd actually want to do, but I was curious as to what it actually is/does. Thanks!
     
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Last edited: May 17, 2009
  3. ArizonaNessa

    ArizonaNessa Joyfully Addicted

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    From what I understand it is where they burn or cut the beak halfway. It is usually done when they are little chicks before shipping from a hatchery. I think it is mainly done to prevent picking and fighting in battery chickens. Personally I think it leaves the birds looking mutilated but again that is my opinion. I would post a link for you but everything I can find will start an uproar here so maybe you should just google search "debeaked chickens"
     
  4. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
  5. Debby10

    Debby10 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks for posting that hypnofrogstevie, now I'm glad it didn't get my chicks debeaked. They might be better off when they are scavanging for food.

    Debby
     
  6. ArizonaNessa

    ArizonaNessa Joyfully Addicted

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    I am so glad there are people more brave than myself in this world. Thanks hypnofrogstevie
     
  7. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    your welcome guys. He wanted info so I gave it. [​IMG] I had 4 debeaked birds and they had such a hard time eating crumble that we had to switch to pellets. I gave them away to a better home. They also cant free range well and have such a hard time pecking bugs.
     
  8. 19hhbelgian

    19hhbelgian Pigs DO Fly!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    New Tripoli PA
    Quote:"He" - She [​IMG] Anyway... Like I thought - terrible! I don't know how anybody could do that to their animals!! Thank you for confirming my thoughts. Now I have to go try and get those pictures out of my head!
     
  9. cochinbantam-lover

    cochinbantam-lover Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Wisconsin
    I am in total agreement, I think it is cruel and inhumane to do that to them! [​IMG]
     
  10. chickenlickin'

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    Yeah it is awful!! I ordered six layers from our co-op and when i picked them up they were all stuffed into a minute box. i was told this was ok.. not to mention when i got home they were sitting in "layers" of two in the box, the poor chickens on the bottom were totally traumatised... one of them had a hurt eye AND i discovered to my horror they were de-beaked.. so i was less than amused as they sold me the layer mash knowing they were de-beaked and then had the nerve to tell me they were raised on the pellets... so why sell me the mash!!! Shame poor souls .. they are doing great now but seeing them de-beaked just does not look normal and they can hardly act like a "normal" chicken with beaks like that...[​IMG] never again!
     

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