Hello....and one quick question

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CHICKENTIKKA82, Oct 16, 2015.


    CHICKENTIKKA82 Out Of The Brooder

    Hi everyone. My name is Adam and I'm from Cheshire in the UK.

    I recently bought 3 chickens to free range in my garden. We have a lovely coop for them and an enclosed run but they like to spend most of the day following me around the garden, eating bugs or (like they are now) watching me through the window.

    One of my chickens is a bit of a jumper / flyer and she can clear a 5ft fence no problem. We have 6ft fences around the garden but I want to clip the primary feathers.

    I'm cool about doing this and have watched and read everything out there including the tips on this great site. My question is : After inspection all my chickens (Suffolk Blue, White and ???? Black/brown) all have dark feather shafts almost black. This is the primary feathers i'm talking about, right to the tip.

    I was a little concerned about this as all the videos and photographs I have seen show very clear white feather shafts being cut.

    Just don't want to injure anyone. Its really confused me. The chickens are young but not little chicks they are pretty darn big, bigger than a cat!.

    Any info would be fantastic.

    Thanks and thanks for having me.
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I've never done it or seen it done ( too squeamish) but, if you do it you are removing their main escape route from predators - flying!. Could you fashion a run for them with a covered top so they can't fly out? It would also keep some climbing predators out and raptors. Fox can jump high, I've seen them out here, also good diggers and very persistent. BTW Welcome to Backyard chickens, very glad you joined us.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    You could also put a few feet of chicken wire loosely (as in, no tight) on the top of your fence but have it facing into your garden at an angle. Maybe 30 degrees from vertical - it will discourage jumping over as it does not provide a stable perch and would take a pretty good flying attempt as they would need to start from a few metres from the fence. Having said that, they are ingenious when the mood takes them!

    Good luck
  4. drsteik84

    drsteik84 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 7, 2015
    Blackfoot, Idaho, USA
    Feather shaft color depends on breed. Don't cut last two feathers at the tip as these have additional blood vessels. A good place if you have questions is a pet shop as they clip feathers for various bird species.
  5. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Hi Adam, [​IMG]

    I don't have any experience clipping wings but a cover over the run does seem like a good way to go as that would prevent them from flying over the fence and keep predators out.

    Good luck to you, thanks for joining us!
  6. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America

    I can't really answer your question. My chickens free-range and I prefer they have the ability to fly in case they need to get away from a predator. So, I just popped on to say hello. [​IMG]
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

    CHICKENTIKKA82 Out Of The Brooder

    Thanks for the information and thanks for the nice welcomes. I've decided to let my 3 chickens free range in the back garden. I have let them free range yesterday and today with access to their safe run and coop, food and water etc. They are super happy and zero attempts to leave the garden. They just seem too happy to even be interested in jumping anymore.

    There's a solid pecking order in place and our biggest (but youngest) has decided to be the full time enforcer scaring off anything (mainly birds) that even try to enter the garden.

    They appear to be happy with the limited ability to fly and use it to to swoop across the garden and rejoin the flock if they get left behind.

    My main worry was the neighbours domestic cat. I haven't seen it much since we got the chickens. Just a quick peep through the fence and thats all. if the cat issue becomes an deadly problem I will build a bigger run (much bigger). But for now I have no intention of cutting wings.

    Thanks for helping me come to this conclusion. [​IMG]
  9. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    There are feral cats where i live and my chickens chase them out of the garden, so hopefully they will not be a problem.

    Good luck
  10. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 10, 2013
    My Coop
    Hello :frow and welcome to BYC!

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