Clipped wings

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MHF, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. MHF

    MHF Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I clipped wings tonight.
    One of the girls has been getting out of the run the last couple of days. About thirty min after I let them out of the coop in the morning, I go back outside and check on my little cluckers. The last two mornings, the same girl has been out doing her imitation of a free range chicken. I walk behind her and she heads for the gate to the run, I open the gate and in she goes. This afternoon I was filling up the feeder and this same girl flew up over my head and out she went.
    This evening I got my shears, moved everyone into the coop and clipped everyones wings. The girls survived and so did I. Turned them back out into the run and gave them some greens out of the garden. All is well [​IMG]
     
  2. BFeathered

    BFeathered Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good for you! Now... one question did you clip both wings or just one? I've read that if you just clip one, it keeps them off-balance enough to keep them where you want them. Of course, it might be rather amusing to watch that..
     
  3. MHF

    MHF Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Both wings and no one was out this morning.
     
  4. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you should ONLY clip onewing
    that is the idea so they can't get to the fence
    with both wings cliped you are defeating your purpose
    maybe your fence is not 5 ft high?
     
  5. MHF

    MHF Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Fence is 6 ft high and I have never had a problem with both wings being clipped. No one has escaped after the wing clipping.
     

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