I took my baby chick, Biddy, up to the feed store I got him from and the man up there suggested that I clip his wings to keep him from flying all over the place. I don't feel comfortable clipping his wings myself since I'm scared I'll cut too much and he'll bleed. Biddy is only a little over 2 weeks old. Is he old enough to start clipping his wings or should I wait? I've seen a lot of things online about waiting until they are older. Is it necessary to clip their wings? To me he's just a little baby and isn't really flying that far but he has managed to make it about 2 feet or so with a good flap.
Too young to clip?
Clipping the wings won't hurt the chick. I suppose you could do it young, it's like getting a haircut really. Here's a link that might help.
ETA: Some people also express concerns that the chick might have reduced ability to run from predators.
I read that how to article and I still didn't feel confident in doing it myself. Biddy moves around a lot and I'm afraid I'd snip too close and cause bleeding or something. I can have someone more experienced do it though. My babies are indoor chickens. I'm more worried about one of them flying into a ceiling fan than anything else. I've been around chickens before and never seen them really fly up that high but after doing some reading I've noticed some breeds fly higher than others.