Thoughts on how we clipped wings...are we going too far

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jopheso, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. jopheso

    jopheso Songster

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    I am confident I am not hurting the birds, but I am wondering if we are cutting more feathers than necessary. I ask because I have 1 year old birds that still havent grow back their wing feathers. Thanks for the help

     
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    They won't till after they molt.....
     
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  3. lilmarie84

    lilmarie84 Songster

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    I read that clipping may have to be done twice a year that they grow back after they molt I suppose it just all depends on the breed as to how long that takes
     
  4. Farmer Connie

    Farmer Connie # Gallus gallus domesticus

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    We have clipped our adults wings for years now. At least the smaller breeds. The super large birds can't fly too high anyway. If you clip them too short, they will not be able to perch. Be careful of that. As far as growing back, no worries.. they will. We also band them as well. If they fly into a unfriendly neighbor's yard, you have a better chance proving they are your chickens when they get into their flock.
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Chickens molt once a year......
    Birds Molt once a year.....
     

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