First Taste Of Freedom

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Campesina, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. Campesina

    Campesina Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls are 6 weeks old now.
    I was thinking of clipping their wings and letting them run in the fenced yard for a short time each day.

    Is this a good age for that?
    Thanks for all your help.
     
  2. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    Do they fly pretty good? Do you have neighbors? If so I would clip.

    But if you don't have to many things to worry about, then I would just leave them like they are. Your choice.

    Good luck with your birds leting them free-range!! [​IMG]
     
  3. Katydid2011

    Katydid2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would definitely clip their wings. The smaller pullets can really fly; I learned my lesson when I let a group of 16-week old pullets free range and two of them flew over the pasture fence (6' high) and were killed by a dog. [​IMG] It never occurred to me that they would fly over when they have two acres over here and my other chickens have never attempted it but they did; I now clip all of my hens wings, just one side. As for the age, six-weeks is fine for ranging in a yard as long as your fence is secure and you're home while they're out. At six-weeks they're still vulnerable to cats; assuming you're in a neighborhood, there are bound to be cats lurking about.
     
  4. Campesina

    Campesina Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for your replies !![​IMG]
     

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