Why do some breeders debeak their birds?Most rare breed hatcheries and breeders do not beak trim newly-hatched baby chicks, but often trim beaks of birds they're planning on selling when they're a bit older. The reason they do this is so they can pack the birds into a very small space. Keeping chickens in close confinement naturally causes severe stress, and in response to stress chickens will peck, pluck, injure and even kill one another.
Similarly, battery hens in commercial egg producing operations are beak "trimmed," because the poor birds are only allotted about the same space as a piece of notebook paper, poor things. This is what beak-trimmed birds look like:
Our Quality Control Department inspecting this fine, intact beak:
What's wrong with the practice of beak trimming?For starters, it's wrong to keep animals in such stressful conditions that they're apt to harm and kill one another. Sheesh! It's wrong to "fix" that problem by maiming the animals, too. They'll still be in distress! You fix that problem by providing them more space and enrichment so they're content. A happy flock will not damage one another.
Second, debeaked birds can never properly forage for (nutritious!) bugs and weeds. Little pests like ticks and flies are literally out of their grasp. They may even struggle to eat pellet feed, depending on how much of the beak was taken off.