Molting - clipped wings not coming out?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CathyM, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. CathyM

    CathyM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi -

    I remember a piece in Gail Damerow's book where she just mentions that "sometimes you have to help the chicken with those clipped wings when it molts" - but she's not specific. What am I supposed to do? One of my hens seems to be losing those clipped wings, and one isn't -- am I supposed to pull them out? I hate that thought! [​IMG] It's pretty obvious they are going through molt - feathers everywhere, and I don't want one to suffer because I'd clipped her wings.

    Does anyone know what the procedure is if clipped wings don't molt/fall out naturally? Thanks!
     
  2. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have to clip some of my Game hens wings; I've never had one that didn't come back in after the moult. You can pull them with no problem, but I can't imagine needing too.
     
  3. CathyM

    CathyM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:When you say "no problem", do you mean it doesn't hurt them?
     
  4. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I generally clip wings but I've pulled feathers too. Does it hurt them? It doesn't seem to bother them that I've noticed.
     

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