What's the youngest age to clip wings?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SaltyClucker, May 26, 2012.

  1. SaltyClucker

    SaltyClucker Hatching

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    We have 17 chicks total, 5 Araucanas 6 Barred Rock 2 Buff Orpington and 2 Red Star. They're all 15 days old as of today, we have them in our finished basement in a brooder while the chicken coop is being finished. Their brooder has a 3 foot border to keep them "inside" - lately at least two have been able to fly up on the edge of the brooder. I don't want them to get out and somehow get hurt. Isn't this kind of young for them to be able to fly so high already? I was planning on clipping their wings eventually, but it looks like it may have to be sooner than later. Is it safe to clip their wings at such a young age?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

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    You can clip them but with young chicks they molt several times so you have to clip and clip again. better to cover the brooder with a screen and hurry up with the coop. No it isn't to young to fly as your finding out.
     

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