Flying turkeys!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by CopperBlackMaran, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. CopperBlackMaran

    CopperBlackMaran Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey, we have just bought 6 turkeys and after a few days they thought they'd like to fly on top of the turkey house, so I looked up how to clip their wings...didn't really know exactly how to do it but had a go, didn't want to cut the feathers too far down as I read they can bleed, next day or so they had flown on top of the fence again (6 foot high) soo I clipped some more off and they flew onto the fence again yesterday! Here is a picture of what I did the second time round: (I know it's probably completely wrong, you're not to laugh hehe [​IMG] )
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    Sooo...what have I done wrong and how are you supposed to do it please? Oh, btw I only did one wing........right?
    Thanks.
     
  2. craigle dude

    craigle dude Out Of The Brooder

    I agree cut closer x)
     
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  3. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

    Aug 17, 2008
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    It looks fine. BTW. You can cut those feathers half as short again if you find they can still fly. With strong fliers, I do both wings & whoever tells you that it doesn't work, hasn't cut both before.

    ETA. If you want to be extra sure you wont make them bleed, just look carefully from underneath to make sure that the place you are cutting the shafts doesn't have blood in it. The shaft will be black/blue & squishy where the blood is.
     
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  4. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Cut a liittle closer and cut more feathers, I do at least half the wing.

    Steve
     
  5. CopperBlackMaran

    CopperBlackMaran Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! Will cut closer on both wings then and see what happens...[​IMG]
     
  6. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    If you cut both wings you haven't really done anything, think of an airplane the looses one wing and what happens, you read about the crash on the news. If you shorten both wings it can still fly but not as well. The idea is to throw them off balance, even without using wings a young light variety bird can jump pretty high.

    Steve
     
  7. solarquail

    solarquail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    your not suppose to cut the feathers all one length cause then they have an even wing and can fly. grab the turkey. pull the wing out theyre are two set of feathers, cut the set of feathers closes to the body about 2 or three inches makeing the wing un even and the turkey wont be able to fly. i only do it on one wing at first then if somehow they fly i cut the other wing.
     

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