Six to Eight Day Beak Trimming. Eighteen Week Old Pullet Trimmed With This Method. Guide Plate Used for Beak Trimming. Hole sizes 11/64, 10/64 and 9/64 inches. Select best size hole for the beak size. Slightly more than half of the beak should extend through the hole.
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Hole sizes 11/64, 10/64 and 9/64 inches. Select best size hole for the beak size. Slightly more than half of the beak should extend through the hole.
Position of cam on beak trimmer. The brown bar on the bottom is the touch switch to activate the cam.
Forefinger is held under the throat to apply a slight pressure back and downward to hold the tongue back.
The thumb must apply a gentle but firm pressure on the back of the head to hold the beak in the guide plate.
Insert beak into the hole with a gentle pressure holding tongue back with index finger.
Chick in left hand will be trimmed next. Left hand steadies right hand during trimming. Touch plate below chick starts trimming cycle.
This machine is equipped with a foot control switch preferred by some trimmers. Note angle of head during trimming.
Net used to catch chicks from a floor pen. Chicks must be handled gently to avoid injury.
Catcher gently drops chicks into a box positioned at a comfortable height for the trimmer at right. Box has raised wire sides to prevent chick escape.
Chicks are dropped onto a box covered with soft excelsior pads to prevent injury.
One catcher can usually supply chicks for up to four trimmers. This trimmer is using a foot controlled switch.
Cauterizing blade should be cherry red during trimming to prevent re-growth of beak
This Powerpoint Presentation was produced by Ralph Ernst, Extension Poultry Specialist, Department of Animal Science, University of California Using Slides from a UC Cooperative Extension Slide Set Authored by Ervin Bramhall, Farm Advisor, Retired.