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Black feather wing clipping

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Anyone who has some advise on this issue, that would be great. We have a white crested black polish hen that will not go in the coop. We have caught her and put her in there, but most of the time she will fly 10ft to nest in a tree!
It was fine in summer, but last night she got pelted by a hail storm and was very cold this morning.
We're going to attempt to clip one of her wings because she's just such a flyer.
Now here's the problem, I know which flight feathers to clip, and to stay away from the blood in the shafts, but what do you do when the feather shafts are black and can't see any blood?? Is there a general length you cut down to??
Thanks for the help!
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If the hen is well away from molting bloodfeathers should not be an issue; bloodfeathers are when new feathers are growing in.  Of course, a new feather could be growing in at any time. Flight feathers are less likely to be growing in outside the molt. Bloodfeathers also have the sheathing on them where the feather is growing out from the body.  Even if you do cut a bloodfeather the bird is in no danger-just staunch the flow with some flour/cornstarch.

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The key in clipping the flight feathers blood-lessly (is that even a word) is not to clip back further than the second row of small feathers when the wing is extended 

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If there is any blood, however, you can stop it with some cornstarch. 

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The key in clipping the flight feathers blood-lessly (is that even a word) is not to clip back further than the second row of small feathers when the wing is extended 

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If there is any blood, however, you can stop it with some cornstarch. 

Nice illustration!

 

.......and if the cornstarch doesn't staunch the flow of blood, fully pluck the feather out.

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Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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