A word of caution to anyone who is going to attempt to trim a chicken's nails. Don't!
No, seriously, what I mean is, don't undertake this lightly if you've never done it before. There is some basic equipment you should have on hand before you start and which I foolishly neglected to have and this is my cautionary tale.
So, before you even think of touching a sharp pair of nail trimmers to a chicken's claw, please gather the following.
Sharp Nail Clippers
Kwik Stop powder or Corn Flour
A prepared isolation pen
A stiff drink! (medicinal)
The reason for the Kwik Stop powder and corn flour is to stop any bleeding should you do what I did, and take off too much of the nail.
I really only nipped off the very tip of the claw, but obviously nicked the quick and this bled. It bled a LOT. This photo was taken after I had been applying pressure on the end of the nail for about 10 minutes and it was only just beginning to clot.
I don't have any Kwik Stop powder, so we had to resort to using corn flour which will help to stop bleeding from this kind of injury, but it doesn't work as well.
We buried the injured toe in corn flour and it stuck to the injured nail quite nicely.
The poor victim was then put into isolation where she will stay for 24 hours to ensure she doesn't reopen the wound by scratching in the dirt.
I will try clipping nails again, but will be much more cautious next time and make sure I am fully prepared, including having Kwik Stop powder on hand for emergencies!