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To clip or not to clip their wings? How?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LucyL, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. LucyL

    LucyL Out Of The Brooder

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    When my chickens get scared, they fly over my fence and it's very difficult to get them back!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    If you can't cover the run than clip one wing and see if it helps, before clipping both, be aware the feathers won't be replaced until after a molt, and sometimes they can have trouble getting up to roosts and nestboxes if both are clipped.
     
  3. LucyL

    LucyL Out Of The Brooder

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    Never did think of doing just one wing. Thank you for letting me know.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    Clipping only one creates a inbalance, if they try to fly too far the fly in a circle but they still can hop fly short distances like up on roosts.
     

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