Pinion Chickens?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Faverolle Lover, Mar 6, 2017.

  1. Faverolle Lover

    Faverolle Lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am planning to buy a few bantam chicks that are good at flying but I live where flying over a fence could get them eaten by my neighbor's dog and so I was wondering if pinioning is a good option? I don't want to be constantly clipping off their feathers and I wouldn't mind clipping the pinion off, I'm just wondering if it's safe for the bird, has it ever been done before, or should I just deal with clipping their feathers each year?
     
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  2. silkie1472

    silkie1472 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you don't want to deal with clipping the wings annually, pinioning them may be a good idea, but you have to be careful when doing this. I recommend allowing a vet or someone with experience to help you.
     
  3. Faverolle Lover

    Faverolle Lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So what age would you recommend for pinioning? I know that it's two weeks for quail but they mature faster than chickens (from what I've seen)
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Is it really that much of a hassle to clip wings after every molt?
     
  5. Faverolle Lover

    Faverolle Lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they fly out they will be eaten and I really want them to live as long as possible. My worry is that I'll forget and they'll fly over to my neighbor's yard and meet the dog. I live in the country and so there's a lot of guard dogs nearby. The bantam breeds that I'm getting are bantam Americana and seabright if that helps.
     
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  6. aart

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  7. Faverolle Lover

    Faverolle Lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay. From all of the info that I've gathered I'm guessing that they should be pinioned at 2-4 weeks old and have corn starch nearby. Sound okay?
     

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