Clip their wings?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mikee1948, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. Mikee1948

    Mikee1948 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2011
    My chicks, now about 6 weeks old, are flying about the run, roosting on the water can, and the shelter roof I built for them (they're supposed to go under the roof, not sit on it!). Do you clip your bird's wing feathers?
  2. OkieKristi

    OkieKristi Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 24, 2010
    N.E. Oklahoma
    I clip all of my birds' wings (you only clip the flight feathers on one wing on each bird), because it is a matter of safety. Mine are in a 25'x 35' 6-ft tall enclosure, and I lost one EE pullet who flew out and was eaten by my dogs. I also almost lost my Ameraucana rooster the same way, but luckily I was outside when he flew the coop. Even with a clipped wing, they can still hop up on things 2-3 ft tall. Mine hop up to the nests, which are about 30" high.
  3. Patricia Jane

    Patricia Jane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2010
    Petaluma CA
    I clipped my Leghorn and she was still able to get over the 5 ft fence.
  4. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    Yes I do I don't really have a problem with them flying out but I still do it so I don't have to worry if they ever do want to escape.

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