When do you clip their wings

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LVVCHAP, Jul 13, 2008.


    LVVCHAP Chirping

    Jun 24, 2008
    New to raising chickens and I am enjoying my 1-1/2 week old RIR's. They are already starting to fly around, not high but definately tryng. At what age should you clip their wings? Also, is there a feeder available that they will not poop in?
  2. injunjoe

    injunjoe Songster

    Jun 1, 2008
    Pasco county, FL.
    Hey friend welcome to BYC! Now sounds like a good time, as long as you know how to clip!
    Good luck
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2008
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    You dont have to clip their wings at all. I never do. Once they get some size on them, they wont be flying, at least most of them of the heavy breeds dont. Raise up the feeder to the height of their backs so they reach for the food. They'll poop in it less.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2008
  4. Knight Hawk Ranch

    Knight Hawk Ranch Songster

    Oct 19, 2007
    Labelle, Florida
    And if they do fly, it is usually about 2 inches off the ground or just up to a roost.
    My RIR only do this when they see me coming with the food and are beating me to the coop to be first in line for food.
  5. chickenchickenbulkbulk

    chickenchickenbulkbulk Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    I would suggest not to clip their wings. How would they fly up on their roost? We have raised chickens for many years and we have never clipped any of their wings. If you have migrating ducks that you want to keep around I would clip their wings, but never a chicken. RIR are a very heavy breed. My rooster has a hard time getting to his roost with his wings. I am also still learning every day with mine. I hope I never know it all!![​IMG]

    LVVCHAP Chirping

    Jun 24, 2008
    Thanks for the info, I guess I will just wait until I put them outside and see what happens.
  7. ILoveJoe

    ILoveJoe Songster

    Jun 28, 2008
    Northern Kentucky
    Um, I think nothing is poop proof. I am a first time chicken person and man can those birds GO!

    I thought I had read in another post not to clip wings too early because of something called blood feathers? I have a kids safety gate on top of my brooder, and if it comes off I make sure the dogs are outside incase someone starts flapping and flying around.
  8. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Quote:My RIRs fly like a dream! One of my younger pullets flew over the fence today, so we are clipping tomorrow! I'd say its time to clip when they can fly out of their run. [​IMG] Mine are all heavy meat breeds.

    All of my birds get one wing clipped, as it keeps them from roosting in the rafters and trees instead of in the coop on a roost. I once had a Leghorn rooster that roosted in the trees every night....well, every night until an owl got him.

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