Thanks for the tip about the towel. I will have to try that next time. I clip mine to keep them from getting into the neighbors yard where there are dogs who don't know what to do with a chicken. My dogs are very good with the girls. They don't snap at or chase them. It is quite funny, my littlest hen likes to chase and peck my weiner dog. He learned very quickly that this is not fun!
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Last time we clipped wings i completely forgot to try this. I'll try to remember about the one wing clipping next time lol. I usually don't have a problem with the chickens getting out of the fenced area but i still do it anyways. We use scissors and yeah since they grow new feathers you usually have to clip them 1-2 times a year.
... So having read all the way through the thread, I just want to double check... the clipping of the wings is typically annually so I should do this (say) a month after the molt. My White Sussex is currently on what appears to be a very hard molt and looks AWFUL. She's recently found an adventurous streak and where she has always been able to come to the front portion of our rear garden (there's a three foot wall dividing it) she always stayed in the rear. She typically got on the wall but never actually crossed it. Now she is crossing it I am keen to try and limit her flying ability (gawd knows what she'll get up to in her new adventurous frame of mind otherwise).
The last time I clipped her wings, the seller did it for me (showed me what to do) but that was when she was so many weeks old. That was about 2 and a half years ago now.
Anyway, back to my question, I want to confirm that I have to re-clip her wings once her molt is finished and her new coat of feathers is established? (all as per the image earlier in the thread)
You'll know that you've clipped enough wing feathers when a hen launches herself at the top of the fence and she ends up flying around and around in tight circles or she goes off to one side.
NEVER clip the feathers on both wings because that hen can still fly like a humming bird. The feather shaft stubs will fall out during the molt, and new feathers will replace the cut feathers. Never clip a chickens' wings during the molt. If you cut a blood or pin feather it will bleed like a hog with its throat slit. Learn to identify blood or pinfeathers before proceeding and only cut feathers once they have hardened off.