Help? Escaping babies!

connellebreske

In the Brooder
8 Years
Sep 7, 2011
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I have 2 mixed breed baby chicks. they are around 12 weeks old. they have an 8x10 run area and a nice coop my hubby made them with a roost inside. we have a run of poultry netting over the outdoor area but the sides are a bit open, hubby put fishing line up to keep the hawks out but when i went to check on the girls for the night, they were OUT OF THE CAGE AND UP ON TOP!!!! Can i clip their wings like regular birds so they do not fly? or is that not a good idea? i just dont want gurdy and harrietta gettin loose and "flyin the coop"
 

MetalSmitten

Songster
9 Years
Apr 11, 2010
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i wouldn't clip baby's wings. they're still growing, they may still have the vein going up the wing feathers, which will bleed a lot of you cut it. you're better off putting some cheapie deer netting or something over the top where they are getting out. safer all around


(edit to clarify)
 
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al6517

Real Men can Cook
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May 13, 2008
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They are 12 wks old.......... hardly babies, I think you need to come around with your thinking to treat them as bigger chickens and not little babies, they out-smarted you at 12 wks that doesn't sound like babies to me LOL.
 

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