Pinioning? Opinions and Experience?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jruner, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. jruner

    jruner Out Of The Brooder

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    Has anyone pinioned their birds? What do you think about it? How would you do it? I think I will stick with clipping wings just curious mainly. I am not sure I could do it. Oh also how long until the clipped feathers grow back?

    Thanks,

    John Runer
     
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    IMO pinioning is cruel.
     
  3. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    what ta heck is it?
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It is cutting the boney tip of the wings off at that first joint.

    Very cruel.
     
  5. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    Quote:ACK,,, wut ta h&ll ,,,,, man,, what freak thought that up,, sorry i asked,,, least now i know who ta hit if i hear it said [​IMG]
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Totally unnecessary to mutilate a bird like that. Wing clipping is completely sufficient. If you have a tough case who keeps flying after clipping one wing, you just clip the other one. I dont care for the look of clipped wings, but sometimes, it's for their own protection. I've only done it once.
     
  7. jruner

    jruner Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the replies I too agree its cruel, I hope it is not very common. I would still like to know how often you have to clip the escape artist though.

    John Runer
     
  8. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    some of mine get 1 wing cut,,, once,,, i had 1 bird i had to clip both.,, but if they have them clipped, then cat fly,, after a couple tries, they stop trying to anymore, i have 2 or 3 hens that i clipped almost 2 years ago,, and havent had to do it again since.
     
  9. 03kiger

    03kiger New Egg

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    Can anyone direct me to somewhere I can see pics and get directions for wing clipping? I'm a newby :) and getting a shipment of goslings in a few weeks. I don't want to lose them as soon as they can fly!
     
  10. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Pinioning and wing clipping are 2 entirely different matters. Pinioning is mutilation, pure and simple. Wing clipping, is merely clipping the flight feathers. That being said, I have read that some of the wilder type of water fowl are sometimes pinioned so that they don't fly away and totally disappear from their farm.
     

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