Clipping wings

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Fluffy_Feathers, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. Fluffy_Feathers

    Fluffy_Feathers Chirping

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    Our yard is enclosed by a wire fence about 3ft-3.5ft high. My concern is my chickens hopping over the fence into the neighbors yard. They haven't hopped over there yet, and there are plants blocking the way in most areas. So I want to know, if I clip their wings, how high can they still jump/fly? Will they be able to hop over our fence? Thanks.
     
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    Depends on the breed and age of the birds. I would clip one wing and see how they do, should put them off balance enough.
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    @centrarchid is a great source of info on clipping to contain inside short enclosures
     
  4. Fluffy_Feathers

    Fluffy_Feathers Chirping

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    I have Road Island Reds and Buff Orpingtons, all about 24 weeks old. I also have 2 roosters that are buffs.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    Both are heavier breeds, and aren't prone to flying or jumping out. I would wait and see if they try, though ou could still lightly clip one wing if you are worried. They are breeds that generally won't be flying out, especially the Orpingtons, and especially after they mature.
     

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