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clipping wings...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by newmama, May 26, 2008.

  1. newmama

    newmama New Egg

    May 21, 2008
    New Mexico
    can anyone tell me when or if it is a good idea to clip the wings of bantums? they are now approximately 6 weeks old but flying pretty high already... I hate the thought of doing this but hubby says it is safe... tell me if when and how PLEASE!! [​IMG]
  2. Tutter

    Tutter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2008
    N. California
    Might he just mean clipping the feathers on the wings?
  3. newmama

    newmama New Egg

    May 21, 2008
    New Mexico
    yeah, I'd hate to draw blood!! I just wondered if this was done and if so, would it be easy to tell just how far down to clip? Just the ends? Poor little things... right now they're in a very safe place so they can fly from one end to the other, but... later in yard, with fence, if they got out... DOGS!!
  4. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
  5. alex

    alex Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    If you need to, just clip the flight feathers...those are the 3-5 longest feathers that stick out when they flap there wings...but please make sure you dont cut to deep and too much....Leave the smaller feathers...
  6. Love my Critters!

    Love my Critters! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Carlsbad, NM
    I do both wings also, and I also just clip the 4-5 flight feathers. They do great and there is not blood. I do not do my silkie bantums because I have a 4 foot fence that they can not get over, but I would do my guineas. I do both wings because if they want to jump up on something, I don't want them to feel off balance. You will do just fine, and it really is no big deal, after the first time you do it.

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