should I clip wings???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LindsayB, May 17, 2008.

  1. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We live in a residential area in cypress, tx and I was curious if I should clip my chicken's wing feathers to prevent flying. I'm not sure how high they can fly, but I don't want them to fly up on the fence and go in our neighbors yard. (they would not appreciate that) Any ideas?
     
  2. holliewould

    holliewould Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow I never even thought about this. I want to know too. Better yet, do RIRs fly?
     
  3. babyboy1_mom

    babyboy1_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends on the breed as to how well they can fly. Of course, bantams fly better than standard breeds. If you do not want your chickens flying into the neighbors yard, then I would say to clip one wing. If you clip both wings, then they will still be able to fly.

    Dorothy
     
  4. My Little Sister's Farm

    My Little Sister's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    some seem to do just fine flying even after you clip their wings though.
     
  5. hobobrando

    hobobrando Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could someone show a diagram of how to clip wings. I am thinking about clipping my flock.
     
  6. Dewey101

    Dewey101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    its better to pluck wings then to cut. For one it looks better, for 2, by the time the feathers grow back they know they cant fly up that far and dont even try
     
  7. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This wouldn't hurt them? I doubt that would feel very good. I don't want my hens to be afraid of me. I handle them alot and they are very comfortable with me. They even sleep in my lap! I don't want to ruin that...
     
  8. Dewey101

    Dewey101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some take it well, others dont, but it doesnt hurt them much if it does. Ive never had problems with it
     
  9. Davaroo

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    Follow the link given to learn how and then DO it. You will be glad you did.
    BTW you never pluck the feathers, you clip them with a scissors. And rest easy, it doesn't hurt them.

    DO RIR's fly? ABsolutely. So do BO's and Rocks and other medium-large breeds.

    That being said, it's also true that no chicken is a great flyer... Sparrows have them beat all lover. Most Gallinaceous birds fall short in this area.

    But they can fluster and flap their way up into low branches well enough and easily onto a residential fence. Your gardening neighbors are not likely to relish seeing your berserking chickens in their carefully tended plots.

    When major preds are not an issue, as with city chickens, clipping is highly recommended.
     
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