What age can I clip wings?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Jeevesrules, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. Jeevesrules

    Jeevesrules Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At What age is it OK for me to clip a chicks wings. They are currently about 7 and a half weeks old.

    Thanks.
     
  2. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't see a problem doing it at any age you should be fine to do it now [​IMG]
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    This is from the Learning Center at the top of this page. You may have seen it.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/LC-wingclipping.html

    One thing I'll mention. A young chicken will go through a couple of juvenile molts before it becomes an adult. It's growing so fast it outgrows its feathers and has to replace them. Obviously, the new feathers coming in will not be clipped.

    Growing feathers have blood in the shaft. If you clip the growing feathers they might bleed. I've never tried this so I have no direct experience with it. I'm not sure how bad this bleeding might be.

    Good luck!
     
  4. so lucky

    so lucky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had to clip wing feathers at about 3 weeks, as two of the little dinosaurs kept jumping/flying out of their enclosure in the house. No blood, no problems.
     
  5. Jeevesrules

    Jeevesrules Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks everyone!! its not completely urgent as the only times they have been jumping over the fence is when I'm there but when they get bigger i will clip definitely! thanks
     

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