Clipping wings- why just one wing?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by neVar, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. neVar

    neVar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have parrots- have for years. We always clip BOTH wings so the bird is balanced and has the same resistance/feel on both sides.

    So why only ONE wing for chickens?
     
  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    If you trim both wings, they can still get enough lift to fly over a fence. When you clip one wing, they just fly up and around (kind of like a circle) and can't make it over the fence.
     
  3. neVar

    neVar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    makes sense.
     
  4. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Although, my banty can still fly many yards w/ one wing clipped.
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I think clipping of one wing alone gives you 90% of flight reduction that clipping two wings will do. As a kid, I would clip one wing resulting in greatly reduced flight capacity. Clipping other wing reduced flight capacity a just a little more. So one wing clipped means only half the work but most of benefits.
     
  6. Aria

    Aria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I don't know. But always clipped one Wing for Call Ducks. This kept them off balance and they were unable to fly. Aria
     
  7. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Quote:Many people do clip only one wing on the smaller parrots like cockatiels. But both wings is better for the reason you stated. We don't care about that with chickens though, we just want them to stay the heck home hehe.
     
  8. SJUDD

    SJUDD Chillin' With My Peeps

    On that note, how does one clip the wing? I have a 3 month old who scared me this morning by flying on top of the coop and I was worried she would fly down into the neighbors yard and get eaten by their dogs. When do you clip, how, and does it matter which wing?
     
  9. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Many people do clip only one wing on the smaller parrots like cockatiels. But both wings is better for the reason you stated. We don't care about that with chickens though, we just want them to stay the heck home hehe.

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    so true! Stay the heck home chickens!
     

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