Hi everyone. My name is Adam and I'm from Cheshire in the UK.
I recently bought 3 chickens to free range in my garden. We have a lovely coop for them and an enclosed run but they like to spend most of the day following me around the garden, eating bugs or (like they are now) watching me through the window.
One of my chickens is a bit of a jumper / flyer and she can clear a 5ft fence no problem. We have 6ft fences around the garden but I want to clip the primary feathers.
I'm cool about doing this and have watched and read everything out there including the tips on this great site. My question is : After inspection all my chickens (Suffolk Blue, White and ???? Black/brown) all have dark feather shafts almost black. This is the primary feathers i'm talking about, right to the tip.
I was a little concerned about this as all the videos and photographs I have seen show very clear white feather shafts being cut.
Just don't want to injure anyone. Its really confused me. The chickens are young but not little chicks they are pretty darn big, bigger than a cat!.
Any info would be fantastic.
Thanks and thanks for having me.