Hens again, trimming beaks - MoC?

JillA

Well-Known Member
Joined
1 May 2007
Messages
7,855
Location
Shropshire
From being slightly twisted, one of my hens now has a really overgrown beak, both parts. Is it safe to trim (do they have a blood supply/nerves like dogs claws?) or is it a vet job for novice owners?
 
Joined
3 May 2007
Messages
14,304
Location
Weathertop
I wouldnt do it yourself, there's a reason its done in day olds in commercial flocks and a reason that it will be phased out over the next few years. I had a hen with a slightly twisted beak which then overgrew on the top-she still managed to eat fine and live to a ripe old age but I used to find chucking some corn down on the tarmac drive would file the end down a bit. If its interfering with eating and preening then take her to a decent farm/bird vet.
 

JillA

Well-Known Member
Joined
1 May 2007
Messages
7,855
Location
Shropshire
Thanks - she is eating fine out of an Omlet feeder so far but when they have eaten their Flubenvet layers pellets she can come out of the run and scratch among the stones of the outer run
 

druid

Well-Known Member
Joined
6 December 2004
Messages
6,095
Location
Wicklow
Very easy to use a little Dremel to shorten the end - I bought in a lovely Pekin rooster last year who was painfully thin due to an overgrown top beak, he's nearly doubled in weight at a quick dremel!
 

JillA

Well-Known Member
Joined
1 May 2007
Messages
7,855
Location
Shropshire
Well I did it today with some nail clippers. When I had someone to hold her and had chance to have a good look she had what was like a little stick of white cartilage sticking out from her lower beak where it didn't meet the upper, (separate from the beak itself) which I removed bit by bit with the clippers, and another very small piece to the side of the upper beak. It was quite easy to see which was beak and which was cartilage, and hopefully she will be able to wear them down herself for a while.
 
Top