Clipping the Wings

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Shogun99, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. Shogun99

    Shogun99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello I have about 25 chicks and they're about 3 weeks old and they've begun to take "flight". I'm not too worried about that now, but when do I need to start clipping their wings? The pen that they will eventually be in will have about a 4 foot fence around it. Will that be sufficient or should I build higher AND clip their wings?

    Suggestions? Comments?
     
  2. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Depends on what type of chicken it is - I have some old english game bantams that have clipped wings (they came to me that way) and they still fly up to the perch in the coop (which is easily 5 foot above their heads).

    With heavier breeds it might be easier to keep them down to more ground level.

    Peace -
    Meriah
     
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I have my free range area fenced in with a 4' fence. Once in a great while one will fly out but rarely. I feed them inside their range area and also give them their treats in their range area. Also they have a pretty good size dust bathing area in their area too. I have a ladder for them in their covered run, which their free range area is attached to. I had some milk crates in their area. The birds were getting on top and then flying over the fence. I took the milk crates out. I have RIR's which are fairly heavy birds.
     
  4. Shogun99

    Shogun99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are heavies too, but I may have one or two bantams...don't know about the goldies. What I was worried about is them flying the coop (literally).

    Do I need to clip thier wings though and if so, when do I do that? When I transfer them from the brooder box to the coop living area?
     
  5. GopherBoyFarms

    GopherBoyFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if they wanna fly over they will and sometimes clipping wings doesnt even help. We had a few that liked to fly into the neighbors yard and that was a 6+ foot fence and they had one wing clipped. But none of our bigger girls have ever flown over.
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I moved mine out of the brooder and into their coop. I put the brooder cage into the coop when they were a month old. Here is a picture.

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  8. jmeeter88

    jmeeter88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What do you have under your roost?
     
  9. cmom

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    Quote:What do you have under your roost?

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  10. jmeeter88

    jmeeter88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What do you have under your roost?

    Wire

    And underneath that?
     

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