3mth old ducks need flight feathers trimmed, no clue, need help!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kysilkies, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. kysilkies

    kysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We feel, for the safety of our ducks that they have their flight feathers cut but we've never seen or done it(I did watch a youtube video of a man trimming a turkey's), does any have a link to or can post pictures of where to trim and what feathers?...We think we know, but it's because we only think and don't know, we know we need to ask ;-)

    Thanx in advance from us and our duckies!

    They are Muscovies if that matters and don't mind handling(they're spoiled rotten)...
     
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  2. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    I just clipped my hen's wings last week! My first time too. Its really simple.

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    I just used a pair of scissors and cut straight across the flight feathers, and then cut all but three of the Long feathers.
     
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  3. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    The Scovie hen in the picture above is 5 months Old btw,
     
  4. kysilkies

    kysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just curious, what's the reason for leaving the 3?...Thank you for the photo!

    I read somewhere that feathers can bleed but couldn't find something that said how far was too far down them...
     
  5. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    see i was told to do it differently and it works as well i cut the first 5-7 feathers those primary flight feathers
     
  6. giffy

    giffy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will want to make sure you are not cutting into feathers that are still growing, or blood feathers since they are young.

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  7. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Once the feathers are fully formed they are adult feathers and dont have the blood vessels in them any longer. If you look at the quils, and they are blue or purple, they they are still bloody feathers. If They are white and plastic looking then the feathers are fully formed and are just like finger nails. The birds will feel nothing.

    ANd I left the three because I just hated clipping her gorgeous wings, and people said to leave two to make it still look pretty but i just left the three . Basically I just left the long feathers so that when she folds her wings it still looks natural - instead of cutting all the feathers.
     
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  8. kysilkies

    kysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you again, I think we're ready to do it! We'll take some before and afters...
     
  9. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quick tip...only clip one wing ....birds can learn to fly enough to go over a low fence if you clip both. By clipping only one side, it makes them be completely off balance.

    That being said....Muscovies typically get fat and lazy..... what makes you think you need to clip their wings?
     
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  10. kysilkies

    kysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    >>>>what makes you think you need to clip their wings?

    Fear of them clearing an 6' fence and becoming dog food...
     

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