Nail Cutting

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KathJ
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Nail Cutting

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Is it OK to cut a chicken's nails? We noticed one of our older girl's toe was bleeding last night and when I picked her up her nails are quite long so we wondered if she's bent it back or caught it on something when scratching about.
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Sorry I have no idea, but will be interested in the answer from more knowledgeable people.
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Yes you can trim their nails but you have to be careful you don't cut where the blood vessels are, so maybe trim a bit at a time. Do they have anything they can file their nails down on, like a paving stone? Digging usually helps too. Sandy might be able to give practical advice - I've never needed to trim claws, but she has during rescues I think
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Hi , I have had them cut by myself and by a vet.
They do curl round and stick into the claw pads.
It is easy with two people one holding the other cutting with nail clippers.
Also clue . Not sure what sort as if you do cut to much the vet put some on the end.
Check what one is safe to use .
Do not panic it is pretty safe and better shorter nails than long . Boys need them cut as they cat damage the hens jumping all over them . I got a 150 pound plus vet bill for Sam due to that.
Let us know how you get on.
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Thanks both. They're not so long that they're curling round, we did use the nail clippers to cut a little bit off last night so we'll see how she goes as there was no more bleeding. They do have some paving slabs in the run and are always digging.
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If you look sideways at a claw against the light, you can see a dark part close to the foot and then the lighter part towards the end. The dark part is the bit with the blood vessels and to be avoided. The way I do it is to wrap the hen up in a towel so the wings can't flap, and which subdues her, then tuck her under one arm. We have a claw cutting device for our cats that we use (a bit like a cigar cutter/wire stripper, and can be bought from pet shops) but I think a human nail clipper might work well. I was very nervous the first time in case I hurt them, but started very gingerly taking little by little, and did just a light trim until I gained confidence. If you do accidentally nick the blood vessel then obviously it's an infection risk, so bathe with salt water.
There was a thread on this subject a long time ago, and others stemmed any bleeding with some kind of powder that I can't remember. It was a very informative thread so worth searching it out. Probably also worth googling the nail structure so you can see how to avoid problems. It's a lot easier than you might worry it would be.

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