Clipping Wings???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LaurenV, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. LaurenV

    LaurenV Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2012
    Okay, I'm not sure that this goes under this catagory but, my chickens are getting in the preplanted field next to my house. They can also fly over the fence that encloses them in their little area. Can we clip the feathers on their wings to make them shorter so it is harder for them to fly?? Thanks
  2. magnolia-1971

    magnolia-1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    SE Wisconsin
    We clipped our chickens wings. It was way easier than we thought. You just don't want to go too short. Look on line for some pictures. We used kitchen scissors and a towel. The chickens did not even care. It is kind of funny when you are done and they think that they can fly. They are really pretty heavy and drop like rocks. [​IMG]
  3. tinydancer87

    tinydancer87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2011
    SE Georgia
    Ha! Had to cut my turkeys' wings (when I still had them) bc they decided that roosting on top of the coop was better than inside. [​IMG]

    You should have seen them try the next afternoon to get up there, lol. They were climbing and flapping so till I thought they were going to hurt themselves. We finally had to catch them and manually put them away. They never tried again after that. [​IMG]
  4. LaurenV

    LaurenV Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2012
    Okay thankyou I will try to do that as soon as possible.
  5. MyHappyChicks

    MyHappyChicks Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 1, 2012
    I had to start cutting the wings on my birds also. I just cut one side so that they can get away from predators if they need to. The rosters and toms are the only ones that don't get done. I keep them for uncut for the protection they give to the girls. The boys last week took out and killed a hawk that thought chicken dinner would be nice.
  6. vjbakke

    vjbakke Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2011
    We clipped all our girls, you only need to clip one wings flight feathers. They can still fly but it circles, can't get much height
  7. RoostersCrow HensDeliver!

    RoostersCrow HensDeliver! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    SE Michigan
    Just make sure you only clip one wing. If you clip both wings, they will just learn to flap harder in order to fly. The point is to make them un-balanced, then they give up on trying to fly to their destiantion. In the beginging it usually helps to have one person hold the bird while you hold the wing and clip. [​IMG]
  8. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Agreed. Just clip one. It's easy to do.

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