Any experience with pulling clipped flight feathers on peas?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by new 2 pfowl, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello all,
    Sorry to start a new thread for this, but I'm seriously considering having my boy's clipped wing feathers pulled so they'll grow back and he can return to the free ranging pea life.

    So I'm wondering if anyone has experience with this?
    Before I decide, I'd like to know if there are any possible problems I haven't thought of.
    I definitely don't want to put him in a worse position.

    Thanks in advance!

    (for the long version of this poor guy's story: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/777247/peggy-clipped-wings-penned-or-not)
     
  2. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Don't do it they need to grow in their own time, this is a bad idea for many reasons.
    1) Painfull
    2)possible infection.
    3) he will not trust you for a very long time.

    When I was a kid my momma pulled the chickens wing feathers out cause they were to hard to cut and it still took them forever to grow back but they sure couldn't fly that is for sure.
    Have you tried him outside the pen yet to see what he can do?
     
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  3. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks for that advice Zaz.
    Well, I don't want to try him outside of the pen because there's no way to get him back in if he has a problem.
    His vet said he'd be in danger because he's still missing his safe-landing feathers and he has a bad leg (old break).
    She said if she pulled his cut feathers, he'd grow the new ones in around 4 weeks - maybe that's not the case?
     
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  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I'd just enjoy having him in the pen until his feathers return. [​IMG]

    -Kathy
     
  5. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    he is most likely gonna be growing new ones anyhow cause breeding season is over and even my young'uns are getting new wing and tail feathers.. Ya know when master was molting his tail I stepped on it just a couple times to pull out the feathers and they came out with little effort and I want you to know that he ran from me everytime I got near him for weeks, he still does not trust me.. just sayen

    You do what you feel is best for Peggy no one knows him better than you. [​IMG]
     
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