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How old do call ducks need to be when you clip their wings?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jerseygirl1, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    Mine are 6 weeks, no signs of flying yet, but would love to know

  2. Annie75

    Annie75 Chirping

    Jul 17, 2011
    Hi there

    My friend gave me two call ducks which were 10 weeks old and fully feathered... She told me they didn't need to be clipped yet...then 1 week later they FLEW AWAY! They were practicing (flapping their wings and bouncing off the ground) before they left in the early hours of the morning. My neighbour saw them leave and apparently they were over the tops of the trees. I put signs everywhere and luckily some people down the street found one of them in a creek and returned her. The other one was never seen again.

    I learned a very painful lesson and clipped her wings immediately. I think as soon as you see proper feathers coming in on the wings and/or practice flapping get your scissors out and save yourself and ducky a lot of heartache. [​IMG]
  3. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Hahira, GA
    not yet, yours are most likely still in bloodfeather.
    Wait til the wings are fully feathered out, then cut the flight feathers in half on just ONE side. Whne you do it , check to be sure the feathers are hard and not blood filled and growing still, that's the last thing you want to do is cut one full of blood. Just keep a close eye on them, once they are hard, yes cut them or they'll be gone on you

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