5 week chicks - can I clip wings yet?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jools8, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. jools8

    jools8 In the Brooder

    Oct 5, 2009
    Chicks have free run of the garden, hedge is about 3ft, and I've noticed they've started to fly a bit. When can I clip wing? I've found instructions how to clip but just not WHEN to clip. Thank you.
  2. rstampa

    rstampa Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Tampa, Florida
    That's a bit young to be clipping their wings. My girls are 12 weeks and they been free ranging since they were about 4 weeks old. I've never seen them fly more then about a foot off the ground. And the only reason they even do that is to catch up with the rest of the flock.
    But if and when you decide to clip their wings I'd wait till their at least 12 weeks or older.
    Hope this helps.
  3. jools8

    jools8 In the Brooder

    Oct 5, 2009
    Thanks for information. I'll hold on for a few weeks.
  4. newchickmom

    newchickmom Songster

    Nov 8, 2007
    Lafayette, Indiana
    It may not be necessary unless they start flying over the fence. My Australorps and BOs are full grown (1 1/2 years) and can barely fly to reach their roost from a hay bale, but the Delawares are younger (6 months) and can fly about 5-6 feet. I am hoping as they get older and fatter they will lose some of their lift. The fence for their run is about 6 feet and I have an occasional escapee. [​IMG]

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