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How to Clip Chicken's wings?

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Can you clip a chicken's wings to stop it from flying away? How do you do it? Does it hurt? Does clipping the wings help? Thank you.

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I doesn't hurt them if you do it right. I have someone hold the chicken with a towel over its head while I stretct the wing out and clip its feathers. If you use sharp scissors it is fairly quick.

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4 white hens, 1 blue Andalusian hen, my old turkey hen, 2 australorp hens, 3 buff orp hens, 2 RIR hens, 1 black Sumatra hen, too many game hens, and 8 guinea fowl plus many many fish and shrimp.
A video of my flock

Flock eating a treat

My Cherry Shrimp
The chicken is no less complex than man :)

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post #3 of 9

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPyorFmbYIM&feature=related

There
are other videos on you tube about this as well.  I have read from other people that when it comes time for them to molt, you may have to physically help to pull those clipped feathers out, but I don't really know.

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Happily owned by 7 fluffy butt girls: 1 BO, 3 BA, and 3 Cochins.  Also have 11 hermit crabs, 2 giant african millipedes, a ball python, and a wonderful irish wheaten terrier!  2 awesome boys who love them all!

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post #4 of 9

Here's how:

http://www.poultryhelp.com/wingclipping.html

Clipping doesn't always or completely stop them from flying.
Some people advocate clipping just one side, to keep them lopsided.

Keep in mind this may inhibit their ability to get away from predators.

Good luck

Imp

 

 

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

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If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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post #5 of 9

Do chickens  really "fly away"?   Don't they stick around where the free food is?

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post #6 of 9

They can but it's more running away than flying. If you feed them they will stay where the food is.

4 white hens, 1 blue Andalusian hen, my old turkey hen, 2 australorp hens, 3 buff orp hens, 2 RIR hens, 1 black Sumatra hen, too many game hens, and 8 guinea fowl plus many many fish and shrimp.
A video of my flock

Flock eating a treat

My Cherry Shrimp
The chicken is no less complex than man :)

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4 white hens, 1 blue Andalusian hen, my old turkey hen, 2 australorp hens, 3 buff orp hens, 2 RIR hens, 1 black Sumatra hen, too many game hens, and 8 guinea fowl plus many many fish and shrimp.
A video of my flock

Flock eating a treat

My Cherry Shrimp
The chicken is no less complex than man :)

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post #7 of 9

I dont clip my chickens feathers and the free rage, fly some short distances, but there always in their coop at night. Once, a hawk dived down into the play area the chickens were in, and they were able to fly away in time before the hawk got one, so it does help for them to be able to fly if you are letting them free range.

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Love my 8 Chickins!
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RIP: Cookie dough, Susan, Maria, Ivy & Silverwing
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post #8 of 9

I tried clipping my EEs wings, but that doesnt stop her!  She can still fly to the top of the run gate (6 feet high) and jumps down from there. barnie

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Originally Posted by newchickmom 

I tried clipping my EEs wings, but that doesnt stop her!  She can still fly to the top of the run gate (6 feet high) and jumps down from there. barnie


My white leghorn rooster is the same way. I even tried clipping just one wing, but he still gets out so I don't even bother clipping him anymore. D

4 white hens, 1 blue Andalusian hen, my old turkey hen, 2 australorp hens, 3 buff orp hens, 2 RIR hens, 1 black Sumatra hen, too many game hens, and 8 guinea fowl plus many many fish and shrimp.
A video of my flock

Flock eating a treat

My Cherry Shrimp
The chicken is no less complex than man :)

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4 white hens, 1 blue Andalusian hen, my old turkey hen, 2 australorp hens, 3 buff orp hens, 2 RIR hens, 1 black Sumatra hen, too many game hens, and 8 guinea fowl plus many many fish and shrimp.
A video of my flock

Flock eating a treat

My Cherry Shrimp
The chicken is no less complex than man :)

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