when to clip wings

mistyfeather

Songster
11 Years
Oct 31, 2009
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well 14 little babies are learning to fly
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im so proud
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but our fences in the yard are only 4' high , so when they are ready to go outside i want to makesure no one will be "flying the coop"
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so how early can you clip their wings?
 

gallusdomesticus

Crowing
13 Years
Nov 14, 2008
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Lynn Haven, FL
The flight feathers, those on the wing tip, are the first permanant feathers the chicken produces so as soon as they're in, you could trim them. You only need to trim the outer feathers tips on one wing, not both and make sure you don't cut into the quill, or solid part of the feather's rib that contains the blood supply to the feather.

Not all young birds are good flyers and may not need the trim treatment. You might wait and see which birds can fly up to the fence's height before you clip.
 

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