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  • A buddy of mine worked at a hatchery for ducklings. He was explaining the process of how they debeak the ducks, which I had no i

    A buddy of mine worked at a hatchery for ducklings. He was explaining the process of how they debeak the ducks, which I had no idea about. My question is, how do ducks, if they even do, take that point off themselves born in the wild? Does it fall off? I never knew such a thing existed. Thanks for any info

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    I am pretty sure debeaking is just for animals in captivity. I think I remember reading that you can debeak(cut the point off) of roosters to prevent them from injuring other chickens. I am not sure why this would be needed for ducks though(they don't really have a 'point' on their beaks).

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      From what he told me they have a little "knub" on the tip of their bill they have when they're born and use it to break through their shells. Yes, in captivity they use debeak them to keep the ducks from killing each other with it. But, that doesn't explain where that "knub" goes when they are born in nature.

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        officerdom1987 they fall off or grow over in nature. There really isn't a need to do that in captivity except for the over crowding of the grow houses.

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          the lost knubs are actually horn seed when ingested by rhinos is how they get their horns to start.

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