Clipping Buttons' wings...

Discussion in 'Quail' started by yoonymoony, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. yoonymoony

    yoonymoony Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello! I am planning on getting some buttons in a couple of weeks. I am keeping them in plastic storage bins with some hidey-spots and what not. During the day, weather permitting, I am planning on letting them out in a little pen I am building: a 4x8x4 pen out of chicken wire. It will have chicken wire covering the top. I don't want the quail to boink their heads and get hurt...I was wondering if I could clip their wings. Has anyone done this? I'm afraid that because they are so small.....

    Any advice is welcome!
    Thanks!
     
  2. Crazy4Chicks

    Crazy4Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 20, 2007
    Glendale, AZ
    I have buttons - and I plan on clipping the wings of a few of my more flighty birds - I think as long as you have someone helping you - you should be alright - just clip one wing on each bird.



    as far as putting them outside - I had a small tractor setup for mine with a little house and a light just in case it was too cold - I used chicken wire for the sides and a wooden top ( mine was pretty tall so no problem with bonking ) - I had 11 birds and a stray cat came along and pulled on the wire and stretched it out of shape I lost all but 2 of my birds - instead of chicken wire you might want to use wire cloth stuff it is alot stronger.
     
  3. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    Yup. In fact, I go beyond the normal wing clipping. I clip ALL of the wing feathers, and I clip those suckers as far back as I can. So far, it hasn't caused any problems, but the younger ones, you can see the bald spot under the wings a little bit. BUT, I have no more problems with boinking and skinned heads. You just have to be careful of putting them on high surfaces, because now they'll drop like rocks.
     

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