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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by NoraLou, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. NoraLou

    NoraLou Hatching

    Apr 12, 2016
    I am new to the site. nickname NoraLou. My chicks (6 of 'em) are one month and 3 days old and we live in Reno, Nevada. They have been staying outside in the coop for one week now, with a brooder light at night. They fly and I have been told to clip the feathers on one wing to keep them "grounded." But, we are suburban and do have hawks. Does flying help them stay safer? I think I have 2 roosters (one of which I have become very fine of, a Cornish Rock.) I will get the other roo to a farm, I hope. I didn't know what 4 of them would be other than the 2 pullets. Don't even know the breeds of the other 4! The purchase was rather impulsive, we had our granddaughter with us.

    I have fallen in love with these critters. They are so much fun to watch as they get used to their outside world that is rapidly expanding!

    So, to clip or not to clip???!!!!

  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. If your chickens stay in an enclosed run with top, the hawks won't be able to get them. When you have them free range and clip wings, you take away their ability to fly away when predators come after them. Chickens don't really have many options , beaks, spurs, hiding, flying., when attacked.

    It's like de-clawing an outside cat.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2016

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