Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lynnecattell, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. lynnecattell

    lynnecattell New Egg

    Jan 29, 2017
    Hi everyone. I am new to keeping chickens. I currently have 3 chooks that were born on 24 th October. They are a Sussex, a New Hampshire and a dark brown one with yellow legs ( forgotten what she is). They are free range all day and the New Hampshire got onto the worm farm this evening and then launched herself towards the edge of the above ground pool! She didn't quite make it but it is concerning as if she does I guess she could drown. I am guessing it is time to clip her wings?
  2. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Some people clip their bird's wings but I never have. If you put "how to clip chicken wings" in the search box, you'll see several results come back on how to do it correctly. One thing to be aware of, once you clip their wings, the chickens are less likely to be able to get away from predators.

    Best of luck to you!
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hello and welcome to BYC. I too have never clipped wings, and nor would I due to the possible predator evasion capacity effects, raised by NFC.
  4. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Howdy! I'm not fond of clipping chicken's wing feathers. Even after clipping some chickens can still get enough air time to escape their pen. The best thing to do is construct a secure pen/coop and allow the chickens out when they can be supervised.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Clipping wings, removes a birds main means of escape.
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under lynnecattell [​IMG] Welcome!

    Sorry, I too have never needed to clip wings but that is probably because I have fat little bantams who fly like bricks [​IMG]

    However, as N F C has suggested, there are a lot of threads on BYC regarding wing clipping and also this Article in the Learning Centre:


    Good luck with your little Houdini wanna-be [​IMG]

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Lynne, and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our community! As you've read, people come down one different sides of the fence when it comes to wing clipping. Best wishes and thank you for joining BYC!

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