Clip their wings?

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

  1. Mikee1948

    Mikee1948 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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

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    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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