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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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guide plate used for beak trimming
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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Motorized CamForeground
  • Motor controlled cam
  • Cam operates on 1500 cycle/hour
  • Blade down time is just over 2 seconds
cam position
Cam Position

Position of cam on beak trimmer. The brown bar on the bottom is the touch switch to activate the cam.

trimming position
Trimming Position

Forefinger is held under the throat to apply a slight pressure back and downward to hold the tongue back.

positioning chick for trimming
Positioning Chick For Trimming

The thumb must apply a gentle but firm pressure on the back of the head to hold the beak in the guide plate.

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Trimming Position

Insert beak into the hole with a gentle pressure holding tongue back with index finger.

trimming chick
Trimming Chick

Chick in left hand will be trimmed next. Left hand steadies right hand during trimming. Touch plate below chick starts trimming cycle.

trimming a chick
Trimming A Chick

This machine is equipped with a foot control switch preferred by some trimmers. Note angle of head during trimming.

catching chicks
Catching Chicks

Net used to catch chicks from a floor pen. Chicks must be handled gently to avoid injury.

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Catching & Positioning Chicks

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.

dropping chicks
Dropping Chicks

Chicks are dropped onto a box covered with soft excelsior pads to prevent injury.

trimmer at work
Trimmer at Work

One catcher can usually supply chicks for up to four trimmers. This trimmer is using a foot controlled switch.

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Six to Eight Day Beak Trimming

Cauterizing blade should be cherry red during trimming to prevent re-growth of beak

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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.