Wing clipping on babies????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Stacyoung13, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. Stacyoung13

    Stacyoung13 Crowing

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    I hope this is the right forum::

    I have a 4 week old Polish who is very flighty. She will try to fly off every little chance she gets. She is completely feathered out. Is it ok to clip her wings? Is she too young?
     
  2. AmyJane725

    AmyJane725 Crowing

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    As long as you don't cut too far up I don't see what the harm would be.
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    They all become a bit flighty and personally I'd not clip young wings ..
     
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    Stacyoung13 Crowing

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    I know they all get flighty, believe me, I’ve had my share!! LOL. But Chilly is real bad...she has already taken off twice. If it wasn’t for her finally crying because she was alone/afraid, I may not have found her. I want to keep her here in the yard where she is safe. I don’t usually clip wings...only one other time, but sometimes you gotta, just to keep them safe. I just need to know if she is old enough? Thank You :hugs
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I was told not to clip till after juvenile molt at around 3 to 4 months because wings need to strengthen.
     
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    cluckmecoop7 Crowing

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    I would not clip her wings. Mine did this too. Is she is a brooder? I put fencing over mine to keep them in.
     
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    BigBlueHen53 Songster

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    My opinion: if she is old enough to get into life-threatening trouble, she is old enough to clip. You would do whatever is necessary to keep a three-year old out of traffic, right? It's not ideal, but is it better to let her go over your fences where a fox can get her?
     
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    Stacyoung13 Crowing

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    Ok, thank you!! I guess I will keep chasing her whenever she is able to get away!!
     
  9. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I would till her wings get stronger from carrying the natural weight..
     
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    Stacyoung13 Crowing

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    She is in the brooder at night... during the day they are in a playpen I made out of screen. First time she took off was when I opened the brooder to put them in the playpen, she flew off. They others jump up and perch on the edge. By the time I got the others back in the brooder, I couldn’t find her. Just a matter of a minute or two and gone. About 15 minutes later I heard her crying on the other side of the privacy fence, (6ft). Last time was out the playpen door and over the fence. I couldn’t find her until she started crying. She is causing some Gray hairs that I don’t need!!! LOL
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