New to ordering chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kllngswrth, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. kllngswrth

    kllngswrth New Egg

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    When ordering chicks, I've noticed that "dewing" is an option - what does this mean?
    Thanks!
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    H there, [​IMG] and welcome to BYC!

    I believe Dewing is trimming flight feathers. If these are chicks, they will molt these anyway so no need for dewing. Trimming wing feathers of grown birds doesn't always stop them from flying. Trimming one wing is better than trimming both so that the bird is too off balance when flying. But sometimes they can still sail over fences.

    Good luck with your new flock and enjoy BYC!
     
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  4. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright and [​IMG] glad to have you onboard [​IMG]


    At this time of year you might want to worry more about heat packs to help keep them warm [​IMG]
     
  5. ChicknsRock

    ChicknsRock Overrun With Chickens

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  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. To the best of my knowledge, "dewing' refers to the removal of a portion of the chicks wing so that they are not able to fly as adults. It may also refer to scarification of a portion of the wing so that flight feathers will not grow.
     
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  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! If they are offering it on day-old chicks or ducklings, wonder if that is what they also call pinioning, or removing the last pinion joint on the bird's wing so they can't fly ... seems to be pretty commonly done on waterfowl.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Well I am learning something too, I have never heard of that term before. If birds cannot fly, they lose a major defense against predators. Like de-clawing cats.
     
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