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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kllngswrth, Jan 13, 2014.
When ordering chicks, I've noticed that "dewing" is an option - what does this mean?
H there, 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.
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At this time of year you might want to worry more about heat packs to help keep them warm
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.
Hello 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.
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.