Clipping wings not working

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChickenKeep01, Jul 8, 2016.

  1. ChickenKeep01

    ChickenKeep01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    171
    6
    56
    Jul 2, 2016
    Australia
    I clipped my hens wings a couple of days ago but one is still getting out by flying what can I do about this
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

    16,613
    4,264
    456
    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    It's best to clip only one to throw them off balance. For some they can still fly pretty well with their wings clipped. The next step is to cover their pen unfortunately.
     
    1 person likes this.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    33,699
    6,824
    576
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Clipping doesn't always work...can depend on the situation.

    More info on what/where/how they are flying out of might help us help you find a solution.
     
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    17,706
    2,332
    466
    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Clipping Wings Properly

    First follow link below.
    http://www.frugal-living-freedom.com/clipping-chicken-wings.html

    I clip a little tighter than shown. When serious about restricting wing function clip both wings. I have done many times experimenting along the way. My birds can out jump / out fly any non-game breeds out there yet clipping when properly done can deny them anything higher than 36". What stops flight; asymmetrical clipping and modest bilateral clipping will not stop clambering where legs provide propulsion beyond simply jumping. Many if not most clipping efforts appear to be in the stopping flight only realm which need not employ with escape efforts in many backyard settings.
     
  5. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Extend fencing material 6-8 in. above the top of the fence posts and gates and remove any launching area that is closer than 4-6 ft from the fence. Chickens rarely fly OVER a fence unless they have a launching place that is high enough to do so and they most often hop up to the hard surface at the top of a fence and then drop down on the other side.

    These tactics work.
     
    1 person likes this.
  6. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    870
    59
    116
    May 18, 2016
    Valley of the Sun :)
    for cases where you need to trim their wings..

    you have to trim the right wing feathers..

    they can still fly with just one wing and DO BOTH SIDES :)


    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2016

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by