Questions about clipping wings

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by happymom99, May 12, 2011.

  1. happymom99

    happymom99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello. Do you clip your chickens wings? Is it difficult and, most important to me, does it hurt the chicken in any way?

    Thank you,
    CJ
     
  2. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
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    I havent done it yet as I dont know how old they need to be; but I have read here that it is no more than us getting a haircut...
    I've also read that it was pretty simple to do..

    but since I've not done it; I cant chime in on how to do it exactly!
     
  3. lebentier

    lebentier Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i do, it's easy and it doesn't
     
  4. san415

    san415 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have to clip the feathers on my Seabright. I also had parrots years ago and we clipped their wings also. This is how we have always done it. First thing is that it is easy to do. Does not hurt. If you trim a feather that is still growing in you may have some blood. I can not believe that would be an issue with a hen, but it can be with a parrot. But just so you know....just in case.... blood feathers will sometime keep bleeding, so either pull the feather out ( we did not pull any of our parrot feathers out) or just take a pinch of flour and then pinch the end of the feather with the flour.

    We use two people for both parrots and hens. Go out at night, pick up the hen who is flying out of your pen. Just hold her how ever it is easy for you. I hand her to my husband, and he wraps his hands around her body gently Then I gently stretch her wing out and clip the last few flight feathers, except I leave the very last one so she still look nice. I do both wings because I don't want her to still be able to fly, and with some feathers on one wing and all on the other wing she can still get over the fence.

    If you find you left to many flight feathers just repeat this and trim a few more feathers. I am sure there must be lots of sites on the internet for wing clipping for parrots, most all parrot owners clip the wings. But it is very easy. The flight feathers will be the longish feathers at the end of the wing. Just cut them off even with the feathers that are on top or above them. That would be about half the feather on my seabright hen. The shaft of the feather will be dark where it has blood and the part with no blood will be more transparent.

    When my kids were little my daughters helped me do our parrots, I held and they trimmed. Even with kids it was no problem.

    I am home a lot by my self, I would rather wait for a second person, but if I need to, I can clip the wings myself. You don't want to cut the hen so if you can not hold her against your body and still be able to gently stretch the wing out, and clip with the other hand try this way: take a large towel gently wrap the bird, include covering the head so she will be calm and still. Then either use a table or the ground, and gently lay the hen on her side, reach in and stretch the wing out of the towel and using your body and knees and legs to calm and steady the hen clip the feathers.

    The hen will let you just pick her up right off the roost and be sleepy and calm at night, so that's when we clip the chickens that need it. I know this is way to much info but the first time I had to clip a parrot I was very worried about exactly how to do it.
     
  5. happymom99

    happymom99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you so much! I really appreciate you explaining it this way. [​IMG] I feel much more comfortable about it now. I am also going to check Youtube for a video of someone doing it.

    Thank you again,
    CJ
     
  6. CrazyFowlFreak

    CrazyFowlFreak Pine Hill Farm

    Apr 24, 2009
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    I do it all the time, and find that clipping the first 8 flight feathers works perfectly. On both wings, of course. Good luck!
     
  7. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
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    dumb question time:

    flight feathers?? which are those??

    AND...how much in do you trim & is there a certain age we should do it? do they grow back?
     
  8. san415

    san415 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I copy and pasted this for you to see an example of what a clipped wing and a fully feathered wing looks like. This is not a chickens wing, rather it is a small parrot wing, but the feathers are the same. The "flight feathers" or primary feathers are the last long feathers on the wing. I leave the very last feather so that when the bird has her wings closed ( or against her body) they look like they are fully feathered. I just leave it for looks. If monkeying around longer trying to leave the last feather don't bother, just clip all the flight feathers you want.

    When you stretch out the wing you will see that the flight or primary feathers are normally different looking than the secondary feathers.

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  9. happymom99

    happymom99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This is very helpful. Thank you so much. [​IMG]

    CJ
     
  10. blturri

    blturri New Egg

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    I have done it many times and mine just like it when i give them a treat afterwards. There are some great you tube videos on it.[​IMG]
     

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