Cutting a ducklings wing to keep it from flying when it is older !?s

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by cat1994, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    Hi, I read somewhere that people actually cut a piece off of the tips of their ducks wings when they are ducklings. Has anyone heard this? Is this ture? Doesnt it hurt the little ducklings? What part is cut off of the wing? How does it work? Does it affect how the wing looks when the duckling grows up? Thanks for any help
  2. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

    May 15, 2010
    I've heard of people cutting the flight feathers to keep birds from flying but I have never heard of anyone cutting the tips off of thier wings. That to me would almost seem cruel [​IMG] . I know some hatcheries will cut a wing off of a chicken to keep it from flying but I have no idea about ducks.
  3. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

    Dec 2, 2009
    Must ducks except Muscovies can't fly anyways so I can't see why you would need to...
  4. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    You're probably referring to pinioning. Its a practice done mostly on migratory birds, I believe. I actually think it may be required for some species in some areas. Hopefully someone who knows more about this subject will chime in.
  5. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    It's called pinioning and I'm not an expert on it, but there are others here that have done it to their ducks and geese. They cut off a small part of the wing on one side where the primary feathers would grow. It prevents them from flying very far, high, or very long. One wing will look a little shorter than the other.

    I would think it would hurt, but others would say that if you do it right, there's very little pain or blood. However, it permanently makes them unable to fly, so it's something to think carefully about if you are free-ranging.
  6. iajewel

    iajewel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2008
    Corning IA
    There is a main vein in that wing so unless you know what you are doing, don't. You know that piece of the chicken wing you don't eat.. thats what you take off and it has to be on day 3 or you may kill it. it has to be right at the joint or it can get bad., Unless you have flying Mallards, in which case just buy Rouen ducks.. same thing don't fly. Or Muscovy that flying really isn't an issue.. I don't see the point.
  7. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    ChickieBooBoo, Ya thats what i was thinking, whats the point
    sonjab314, I think I actually heard of it from a hatchery, but I can't really remember, I think I read that some hatcheries will do this for you if you ask, for a lil more money? idk
  8. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    Quote:Oh don't worry about it, Im not planing on doing it at all. I was just wanting to know more about it. Thanks everybody for your help [​IMG]
  9. kuecker1

    kuecker1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 28, 2010
    If done when the duckling or goose is a day or two old there is little to no blood. I wouldn't recommend pinioning older birds because they will bleed a lot. I pinion all my muscovies, all my wild geese, and some of the wild ducks as one day olds. As soon as the procedure is done the little guys go back to acting like nothing ever happened.
  10. lovesduckies

    lovesduckies Bedroom Farm Inc.

    Jan 11, 2010
    the ducky room
    i think it's cruel.. it's not that hard to clip ONE wing of flight feathers after every molt.

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