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Need advice from leghorn owners on wing clipping

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I'm thinking ahead to my next flock.  Currently my chicken's run has six foot fencing all around except the front is only four feet high.  Currently my RIR, Delaware and Gold Comet chickens are unable to fly over with clipped wings.  However, I'm considering at least one leghorn in my next flock.  Can anybody with these birds tell me if they will still be able to clear a four foot fence after a good clipping (both wings as far down as you can go). 
Thanks in advance,
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I don't know but I think you are only supposed to clip one wing.  It is supposed to throw them off balance so they cannot fly?

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I know that my Leghorns (adopted from a neighbor) can clear a 6 foot fence with un-clipped wings...  not sure about clipped... we haven't gotten that done yet... I'm curious to see what other people say.  The ones I have seem to be "Houdini chickens"... seems they can get out of anything... I watched one fly over a 6-7ft high dog kennel side...

Chickens: Hens- 8 Black Australorps, 5 Barred Plymouth Rocks, 4 New Hampshire Reds, 3 Golden Sexlinks and 9 White Leghorns; Roos- 1 Black Australorp (Reggie), 1 Barred Rock (Cogburn) and 1 Golden Sexlink (Fowler).  Wife to an amazing man; mom to 1 DD (16 months), 1- 2 y.o. Black Lab and 4 "porch" cats...
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Chickens: Hens- 8 Black Australorps, 5 Barred Plymouth Rocks, 4 New Hampshire Reds, 3 Golden Sexlinks and 9 White Leghorns; Roos- 1 Black Australorp (Reggie), 1 Barred Rock (Cogburn) and 1 Golden Sexlink (Fowler).  Wife to an amazing man; mom to 1 DD (16 months), 1- 2 y.o. Black Lab and 4 "porch" cats...
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Originally Posted by wyoDreamer 

I don't know but I think you are only supposed to clip one wing.  It is supposed to throw them off balance so they cannot fly?


I'm pretty sure this is one of those urban legends that gets spread on this site.  It keeps getting reposted to the point that it is the sacred cow of wing clipping.

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post #5 of 9

Unclipped the dang leghorns can fly up on to the 1st story level of the roof without batting an eye.

One wing clipped leghorns some how can still manage to clear a 5 foot fence, just a bit unbalanced in flight vs full two wings.

Two wing clipped leghorns can still manage to jump and flap feverishly to the top of a 4 foot fence. They fly more balanced than a single wing clipped bird, but flap a whole lot harder and seem to still be able to fly.. sor tof.

Two wing clipped leghorns so much that all primary AND secondary feathers are gone can sometimes make it to the top of a 3 foot fence but should be kept in pretty well by a 4 foot fence... they just look a bit funny because they have stubby arms vs wings.

When they are over a year old, they don't tend to fly out of things as often. Just got to make it past their 3-10 month stage where jumping fences are fun... or perhaps that is ironically the time when the garden has the best things to eat in it....

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Originally Posted by wyoDreamer 

I don't know but I think you are only supposed to clip one wing.  It is supposed to throw them off balance so they cannot fly?


thumbsup  This is what I was going to say too.

Our flock: Jasper, the rooster (EE), and the hens: 8 Buff Orpington, 2 Golden Comets, 2 Silver Sebrights Bantam, 1 Golden Sebright Bantam, 6 RIRs.
2 Hens setting on 10 eggs each....hoping for lots of babies soon!

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Our flock: Jasper, the rooster (EE), and the hens: 8 Buff Orpington, 2 Golden Comets, 2 Silver Sebrights Bantam, 1 Golden Sebright Bantam, 6 RIRs.
2 Hens setting on 10 eggs each....hoping for lots of babies soon!

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Quote:
Originally Posted by wyoDreamer 

I don't know but I think you are only supposed to clip one wing.  It is supposed to throw them off balance so they cannot fly?


thumbsup  This is what I was going to say too.


I need to start a thread about chicken forum urban legends.

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Originally Posted by matimeo 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Love2Homeschool 
Quote:
Originally Posted by wyoDreamer 

I don't know but I think you are only supposed to clip one wing.  It is supposed to throw them off balance so they cannot fly?


thumbsup  This is what I was going to say too.


I need to start a thread about chicken forum urban legends.


x2. I clipped my leghorn wing and she still can fly over a 5' fence. Alittle off balance but can make it over non the less.

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My unclipped leghorns have no issues flying into trees to roost
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