Managing your flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Leenard, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. Leenard

    Leenard In the Brooder

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    Is it a good idea to clip the wings on the adult Whiting chickens to keep them from flying over a 6 foot fence?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

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    Clip one wing if you are having troubles keeping them where they belong. Only clip both if absolutely necessary. With both clipped they will drop like rocks and have troubles getting on roosts, and you may see leg injuries. One wing should keep them in.
     
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  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

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    Personally, I would advise enclosing the run over the top as predators also do not have any trouble with a 6 foot fence.
     
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  4. Leenard

    Leenard In the Brooder

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    Okay. They are just new so when do you suggest we clip their wing(s)
     
  5. Leenard

    Leenard In the Brooder

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    Thanks, Last year we did have trouble with coons but our fenced in area is almost to big of an area to cover. Don't know how to keep them out?
     
  6. kklowell

    kklowell Songster

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    Besides keeping your hens in the fenced area, perhaps you need an electric fence to discourage raccoons from climbing it.
     
  7. Wilmer Gehman

    Wilmer Gehman Songster

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    I have a hen who is an adult. We clipped both of her wings and she still gets out! She has a very light body....Sometimes i think it depends on breed.
     

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