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- v. To remove part of the beak of a chicken or other bird to prevent pecking in chicken farms.
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When I was in high school, I was hired to debeak some chickens that were “floor birds”, in a very large barn loose without cages.
So they debeak the chickens by using a sharp, heated blade to cut and cauterize at the same time.
How was my comment incorrect if I said that they debeak egg chickens and your post verified that?
Damn all who debeak chickens and all who eat them, damn
Some game bird breeders even debeak the birds or attach "peepers" or googles to their eyes to keep them attacking each other in the packed pens. (see: caged hen egg operations.)
I remember how shocked I was when I first learned that poultry ranches could use the term "free-range" even if they debeak their hens and stack cages one atop the other.