clipping wings

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by atr04screw, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. atr04screw

    atr04screw Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got 4 plymouth rocks and 1 blue cochin (I think) and I don't know anything about clipping wings. Do I need to clip them? If so, when should I do it and how do I do it? They are about 2 weeks old now and the have their wing feathers and some tail feathers. They will be in a big coop with a grassy area in the bottom of it, and I will let them out into a little fenced in area once a day. This area is on the edge of the woods, and I was worried about one of them flying into a tree and roosting there and then beginning to lay its eggs all in the woods. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. coreybee

    coreybee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:When you spread the wing out, the first 10 feathers are the flight feathers. Those are the ones you trim. I only trim one wing vice 2.
     
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    coreybee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    coreybee Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    2 weeks old is a lot too early to clip wings. I really don't bother, because I keep them in a 6 foot tall covered run for the most part. When I do free range, I want them to be able to fly up and escape if attacked. As they get older and bigger, they won't be very inclined to fly anyway.
     
  6. atr04screw

    atr04screw Out Of The Brooder

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    The fence is gonna be about 5 ft high, but open on the top, so should I even worry about clipping the wings?
     
  7. Nhiawa

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    gotta be careful
     

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