Instructions On How To Cut Feathers Properly (Flight Feathers)

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  1. Awestruck

    Awestruck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where would I find information on how to cut the flight feathers of my chickens? I would really like to have a picture of this. My little chicks have just sprouted wings (they are about 2 weeks old). One of them has figured out how to get on top of the feeder, so I am using a smaller jar on the feeder. It's only a matter of time, probably not very many days, when they will figure out how to fly out of their bin. I definitely don't want them roaming the house as they could get stepped on if someone doesn't see them. I just ordered some scissors so I can cut their wings. Thanks for all the help here.
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    Nobody in their correct thinking cuts chicks feathers. Cover their brooder area with some netting. When your chickens are adult hens and are flying over your 6 foot fence then it can be done.
    WISHING YOU SINCERE BEST, and do not take my opinion offensively. [​IMG]
     
  3. peopleRanimals2

    peopleRanimals2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! I would recommend waiting until they are a little older to cut their wings. Our chickens' wings are cut, because unfortunately our layout requires it, but if you can, I would recommend putting chicken wire or hardware cloth over the bin that they are kept in, or transferring the to a dog crate for now. If you have to cut their wings as they get older, this link will show you how. Good luck!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-clip-trim-the-wings-of-your-chicken-to-prevent-flight

    You can also look it up on Youtube. You have to decide for yourself whether you want to clip one or both wings, but personally I clip both. There are controversial views on this.
     
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