What age to clip chicks wings?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by myneek, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. myneek

    myneek Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    I have 6x 6-7 week old lemon millefleur sablepoots. They are great fun and enjoy playing chase in the garden with the two older hens.

    We clip the hens wings, just to ensure they don't wonder in to the neighbours garden and have a chat with a very large dog.

    However, at what age is it safe to clip the chick wings? They are starting to fly up and down the garden, getting 1-2 feet in the air when they really try.

    Looking for some great advice

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. 6LittleHens

    6LittleHens Out Of The Brooder

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    Do they have feathers yet?
     
  3. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Overrun With Chickens

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    HI and Welcome to BYC!
    If they are flying some and they might go to the neighbors yard I would clip them.
     
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2014
  4. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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  5. NHRedMom

    NHRedMom Out Of The Brooder

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    I never ever clip my chickens wings. I have no fear of them flying anywhere. And I've had plenty of chickens. One who even flew on top of the roof of the coup. She came down too.
     
  6. myneek

    myneek Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes they have primary and secondary flight feathers.

    I'd rather not take the flying away risk.

    However my main question is when is it safe to clip. I understand that during growth the feathers have blood in them.
     
  7. 6LittleHens

    6LittleHens Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry, offline for a few days. Do you think their feathers are fully grown. If so you can clip their wings.
     

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