To clip or not to clip?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by hunsbergerchick, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. hunsbergerchick

    hunsbergerchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm new to the turkey world. I recently got five turkeys (4 hens 1 Tom). Two of the hens like to "fly the coop" around late afternoon. They stay in all day it's only when it's getting closer to evening time that they go out. I have wild turkeys out here and I don't wanna lose them. Should I clip their wings or fence in the top?
     
  2. cassidy22

    cassidy22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd try fencing the top. I hate to clip wings, but if you need to do that to keep them safe, then do it. You can't stop a turkey from trying to sleep in the trees or lay eggs in the woods - so if you have to physically restrain them, then do it.
     
  3. cecosugi

    cecosugi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a similar dilemma. My hen would "bound" over our fence, then up on to our cars. Not so cool.

    I have a 6' no climb fence. I don't know how much you would have to add to the top of your fence to ensure they would not get over it. That would be a shame if you added to the top...but it wasn't enough.

    I ended up clipping my hen's wing (on one side). That was last fall, and I haven't clipped it again. I kind of think she broke the habit, and doesn't realize her wing feathers have grown out again.
     
  4. hunsbergerchick

    hunsbergerchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Our fence is already about ten feet high and those hens are up and over it like nothing. It's only the two who do it though.
     

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