Do I clip wings? And if so, when?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Hatrick, May 13, 2009.

  1. Hatrick

    Hatrick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2009
    So we don't have a top on our brooder because at this point they're only a week old and besides the occasional run and flap, there is no flying to speak of.
    Should I be clipping wings at some point or not? I used to do it all the time when I had a parrot.
    Once I let them outside are they going to fly away?
  2. The Poultry Peanut

    The Poultry Peanut lives under rock

    What kind of chicks do you have? If you have birds that will be heavy (ie Australorps or rhode island reds) then you shouldn't need to but if you have light (ie leghorns and such) breeds then you will probably need to.
  3. Hatrick

    Hatrick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2009
    Barred Rocks, but won't they be able to fly at a younger age? Maybe not when they're full grown but...

    Silly goobers are rolling in the pine shavings and then pecking it off of each other right now. Sorry, had to share. [​IMG]
  4. the lemon tree

    the lemon tree Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    I have a week old Barred Rock and this morning when I opened the top off the Rubbermaid container she was looking around and I knew she'd attempt something and suddenly she "flew" on top of the feeder (which is a about 2 inches lower than the brim of the Rubbermaid). I'm wondering when it's ok to clip wings as well...
  5. sahminaz

    sahminaz Out Of The Brooder

    May 3, 2009
    Wondering the same thing. Two 2.5 wk old chicks flew to the top of the rubbermaid bin today. They first flew onto the feeder to get higher.
  6. SimplyForties

    SimplyForties Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Carroll County, Va
  7. lindseythefork

    lindseythefork Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2008
    Humboldt County, CA
    Quote:I really, REALLY wouldn't worry about this. [​IMG]

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