Definition of debeak in English:

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debeak

Pronunciation: /dēˈbēk/

verb

[with object]
Remove the upper part of the beak of (a bird) to prevent it from injuring other birds: (as noun debeaking) debeaking is thought to cause chickens chronic pain
More example sentences
  • As many as 100,000 birds can live in each ‘henhouse’ Conditions are so psychologically taxing on the birds that they must be debeaked to prevent pecking injuries.
  • Every pig farmer knows that if pigs are unhappy they fight (and they can't exactly be debeaked like chickens) so most try to keep them happy.
  • The ‘free range’ hens kept for laying eggs are still debeaked just as the battery hens are.
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