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How to Clip Chicken's wings?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by werttyy, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. werttyy

    werttyy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2011
    Can you clip a chicken's wings to stop it from flying away? How do you do it? Does it hurt? Does clipping the wings help? Thank you.
  2. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    I doesn't hurt them if you do it right. I have someone hold the chicken with a towel over its head while I stretct the wing out and clip its feathers. If you use sharp scissors it is fairly quick.
  3. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hillsborough, NC USA
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Here's how:


    Clipping doesn't always or completely stop them from flying.
    Some people advocate clipping just one side, to keep them lopsided.

    Keep in mind this may inhibit their ability to get away from predators.

    Good luck

  5. Cass

    Cass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2011
    Albany, NY
    Do chickens really "fly away"? Don't they stick around where the free food is?
  6. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    They can but it's more running away than flying. If you feed them they will stay where the food is.
  7. the Precious Ladies

    the Precious Ladies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2010
    I dont clip my chickens feathers and the free rage, fly some short distances, but there always in their coop at night. Once, a hawk dived down into the play area the chickens were in, and they were able to fly away in time before the hawk got one, so it does help for them to be able to fly if you are letting them free range.
  8. newchickmom

    newchickmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2007
    Lafayette, Indiana
    I tried clipping my EEs wings, but that doesnt stop her! She can still fly to the top of the run gate (6 feet high) and jumps down from there. [​IMG]
  9. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    Quote:My white leghorn rooster is the same way. I even tried clipping just one wing, but he still gets out so I don't even bother clipping him anymore. [​IMG]

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