Method of clipping Turkeys wings

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Brian999, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. Brian999

    Brian999 In the Brooder

    Sep 6, 2009
    I have 5 beltsville turkey poults about 4 months old or so. I kept them in a large run, but started letting them free range since last week. I noticed that right when I let them out they start flying, not that high but they fly. I noticed they get also get scared, and start chasing each other, and flying all over the place. Well 30 minutes ago I just let them out, and one flew about 20' straight into my neighbors yard. There run is on top of the hill in backyard, and my neighbors are below so It's pretty easy for them to make it to the other side. The wall around my house is only 5-6'. I'm on a acre though. I don't want this happening again. We have no real predator problems here so they don't really need to fly to escape anything. There are hawks sometimes, but my yard is well planted they should be able to run under some brush.

    I just locked them all up, and I want to make sure there flight feathers are clipped before they free range again. How would I go about doing it? I have never trimmed, and feathers on any bird before. With chickens I never had problems witrh them flying.

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