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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 8:23 pm 
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Showy Hen
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hi
i am new to chickens and i have read that you need to clip their toenails. except i don't know how far back i need to clip.

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Hi Andrew,

You only need to clip the nails if they are getting too long. If they are free ranging a lot of the time they are unlikely to get too long, but if they are kept in on soft surfaces you may well need to. Just use dog nail clippers and clip back about a third. If it is a white nail you will be able to see where it gets dark (that is where the blood vessles start) so cut shorter than that. If you can't see where the edge of the blood vessels are then just cut a little at a time, so if you go too far and it starts to bleed it wont be a major mess. IF you only just nick the end of the blood vessels it should only bleed a very little. If it doesn't seem to stop, dab on some cornflour and that will help it coagulate. Once you have cut , round off the rough edges with a nail file or a bit of sand paper so he doesn't damage his girls backs.

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