Clipping wings

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by this girl chick, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. this girl chick

    this girl chick Out Of The Brooder

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    My chicks are about 41/2-5 weeks old, starting to feather out nicely. Boy do they want to fly and use those wings!

    Although the coop will have a run attached,f or when we're not home, I was planning to 'free' range', in a large fenced in area, about 36x24. My greenhouse and bees are also there.
    I wasn't going to clip their wings, as I have several crab apple trees they can fly to if a predator got in.a and I read s'where if there's a fence, they likely won't fly over it......which I find a bit hard to believe (it's only a picket fence).
    Curious what others have decided.
    Also, my bees are surrounded by an electric fence.....do I need to put up a barrier or will the chix learn the clicking sound and not get zapped.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Most chickens won't fly up on a wire fence, but something more solid they often will. You may have to add some wire to the top of your picket fence if it becomes a problem.

    I have never had any of my chickens fly up in my trees ever.

    Most birds learn quick with electric fences.
     
  3. this girl chick

    this girl chick Out Of The Brooder

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    Good to know about wire on the top of the fence!
     
  4. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    You can sometimes put up a short wire fence and have TALL fence poles and the chickens will "Think" that the wire goes all the way to the top of the TALL fence poles.

    However I have never seen a whole flock be fooled by this ruse.
     
  5. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    I used to have a telescoping fiberglass pole that was used by the electric co to reset breakers on telephone poles. I fixed a short piece of broom handle to the top of it and even though it was used on 28 foot tall electric lines there were still some hens and pullets who were beyond the reach of this pole.

    You are lucky old hen who likes dogs
     
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