Clipping wings

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Prettyangel12667, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. Prettyangel12667

    Prettyangel12667 New Egg

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    I am new to raising chickens...i have 14 chicks they are about 3-4 weeks old, when do i need to clip there wings?
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Wing clipping is something I would never do. It's because I free range my flock daily, and flying is a natural defence.......don't want to take that away from them. They don't fly much really. Sometimes they will fly a short distance, but they barely get two feet off the ground. So in my opinion, I wouldn't clip their wings.
     
  3. shortnsweet1025

    shortnsweet1025 Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think it's necessary to clip the wings either. Being that young, they aren't going to go over fences or anything. I live on two acres and my chickens don't ever go out of the yard. If it is necessary for you to clip them, I would wait and see if you see one on top of a fence or something like that. And at that point clip them.
     
  4. Mrs. Feathers

    Mrs. Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with chicmom. The breeds I have are not big flyers once they pass about 8 weeks and start to get too big. At 3-4 weeks they are still pretty light and manage alot more flapping and flying.
    Some breeds do fly better than others though so I guess it depends on your breeds and your run height.
     

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