Clipping wings?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Twiga, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. Twiga

    Twiga In the Brooder

    Aug 8, 2014
    My 5 week old chicks are getting very good at flying. A friend suggested clipping their wings - any advice on how to do this? How much do I need to trim and which feathers?
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I'm more about enjoying their development and having a safe run and coop for them. Chicks molt often, so trying to keep up with trimming flight feathers will be a struggle. They should have that safe coop and run! Mary
  3. LanceTN

    LanceTN Chirping

    Aug 31, 2014
    If you were to clip their wings what you do is cut the primary flight feathers on one wing. You only do one wing because the goal is to make them unbalanced when they attempt to fly, they don't like this and usually quit trying. If you do both wings you reduce their ability to generate lift, but leave them balanced, which isn't as effective.

    The best way to learn to do it is to look up a video.

    However you may not need to. What breed are they? If they are a large breed, like a Buff Orpington, once they fill out there will be much less flying.

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