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Should I clip my chickens wings?

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I have a silkie and a frizzle. The ends of their wings are looking a bit bare when I got them so I was thinking of trimming them for aesthetic purposes? Is this worth doing, is it healthy, does it hurt them and how should I do if?
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Because of Silkies and Frizzles feather mutations, some bareness of the primary and secondary feather's shafts is to be expected. It's normal and won't hurt them. I can't really see any reason to trim them... in my experience feather clipping tends to make them uglier, not prettier, and while these breeds don't exactly have a lot of flight capability in the first place, you'll be removing what little they do have. That said... I don't think it would actually hurt them to do it, it just seems rather pointless imo.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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I don't know about frizzles but, silkies barely fly, if you can call it that. However they can jump pretty high with or without clipping wings.

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Hello and welcome to BYC!

 

If you feel you want to trim them, you can. When the birds molt in the fall, the feathers will regrow back however. If I have a bird that looks a bit disheveled, I have trimmed off some to make them look a bit less ragged. 

 

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

 

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