Clipping wings question

foothillsfiber

Chirping
8 Years
Dec 23, 2011
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With my chickens I start clipping one wing when they start to fly to try to inhibit them from flying over the fence when they are grown. I usually have to do this 2 times the first year. To you all who clip your guinea's wings--I wanted to try the same thing, clip one wing now at about 2 weeks old to keep them from trying to fly so much in the brooder and keep it clipped the first year they are out with the chickens. My hope would be to try to make it easier to be maintained in an open top fence during the day before letting them out to free range. What do you guys think, maybe work or just a waste of time and effort.
Thanks
 

FireTigeris

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
10 Years
Nov 22, 2009
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I would not clip wings for birds that will need to have the ability to use then in free range they need to think in 3d not 2d, if they cannot ever fly they may not think of flying later.

Can't you cover the temp pen with cameo net or deer net or something?

When my cockatiel has one clipped wing she can still fly but it takes twice as much effort... (twice as many wing beats per minute flight)
 

PeepsCA

Crowing
8 Years
Mar 28, 2011
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BFE, CA
With my chickens I start clipping one wing when they start to fly to try to inhibit them from flying over the fence when they are grown. I usually have to do this 2 times the first year. To you all who clip your guinea's wings--I wanted to try the same thing, clip one wing now at about 2 weeks old to keep them from trying to fly so much in the brooder and keep it clipped the first year they are out with the chickens. My hope would be to try to make it easier to be maintained in an open top fence during the day before letting them out to free range. What do you guys think, maybe work or just a waste of time and effort.
Thanks

Guineas can still flap their wings and scale even a 6' fence with their feet no problem, and when they are on the wrong side of the fence they suddenly go brainless, forget how to flap and climb their way back to safety and can easily end up being predator bait
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So IMO... it's a wasted effort and you may end up losing a lot of your flock because of it.

Depending on how big your pen is, it might be less work to put a top on it. Find a favorite treat they like that you can start feeding them long before letting them out, always using the same call when you feed them these treats... being called for treats throughout the day keeps my Guineas closer to home, they literally come running/flying when called cuz they know they will get yummies!
 

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