Should I clip my chickens wings?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by suburbansilkies, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. suburbansilkies

    suburbansilkies Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 16, 2016
    England, UK
    I have a silkie and a frizzle. The ends of their wings are looking a bit bare when I got them so I was thinking of trimming them for aesthetic purposes? Is this worth doing, is it healthy, does it hurt them and how should I do if?
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Because of Silkies and Frizzles feather mutations, some bareness of the primary and secondary feather's shafts is to be expected. It's normal and won't hurt them. I can't really see any reason to trim them... in my experience feather clipping tends to make them uglier, not prettier, and while these breeds don't exactly have a lot of flight capability in the first place, you'll be removing what little they do have. That said... I don't think it would actually hurt them to do it, it just seems rather pointless imo.
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I don't know about frizzles but, silkies barely fly, if you can call it that. However they can jump pretty high with or without clipping wings.
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  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello and welcome to BYC!

    If you feel you want to trim them, you can. When the birds molt in the fall, the feathers will regrow back however. If I have a bird that looks a bit disheveled, I have trimmed off some to make them look a bit less ragged.

    Enjoy your birds and welcome to our flock! :)
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  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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