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clipping wings

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SLWyandotte, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. SLWyandotte

    SLWyandotte Chirping

    Feb 23, 2011
    Chatom, Alabama
    are there any problems with clipping a chicken's wings? how many wing feathers need to be clipped? how far down do the feathers need to be clipped?

  2. EssexGirl

    EssexGirl In the Brooder

    Jan 31, 2011
    The main disadvantage would be that the chicken is less easily able to escape from predators. There are lots of websites that show you how to clip the wings, just Google it - you need to take off the longer, primary feathers. If you just clip one wing it is meant to make it harder for the chicken to fly, as they're off balance.

    Having said all that, I clipped my Andalusians' wings and they can still fly 6 feet and routinely get over a 9ft fence!
  3. Suannehill

    Suannehill Hatching

    Mar 8, 2011
    For two years I have clipped wings...starting with one wing then in desperation two wings...fence is 6 feet!
    They still fly out. I hate to butcher them, but I lost my strawberry patch twice. A couple have been eaten by varmits while out. I am amazed that with clipped wings they can make it to 10 feet and roost in the trees. These are green egg layers but I also had a dominique that got eaten after flying out.
  4. newchik715

    newchik715 Songster

    Aug 31, 2009
    you cut the ten flight feathers. when you pull the wing out these ten are the longest and the first ones you see. i cut them so they are as short as the secondary feathers after the really short axial feather. I only have done one wing in the past but my girls never caused me any problems so i never had need to do the other wing as well. As it is, when they do fly, i do not see that they are that off balance. they seem to fly well so i am not even sure i will clip their wings again.
  5. GammaPoppyLilyFlutter

    GammaPoppyLilyFlutter Love Comes with Feathers

    Jun 26, 2010
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/LC-wingclipping.html This should explain a lot about wing clipping. Though I have to recommend using "kid scissors" in case the chicken flaps. I was using normal scissors once to clip my pullet's wings and she flapped her wing down on the point and got a little cut.

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