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Wing clipping on young chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mamacara, May 11, 2016.

  1. mamacara

    mamacara New Egg

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    Hi I'm pretty new to having chickens, I have 6 chick's that are about 8 or 9 weeks old, 5 MaranX and one unknown. They are starting to flutter about in their run and I'm worried about them getting out, but i can't find any info on clipping wings of young chick's.
     
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  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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    I don't recommend doing that. I would try and cover the top of their brooder, mine go to that point and covering it worked great.
     
  3. mamacara

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    Unfortunately that's not an option for us as they have far outgrown their brooder and are outside in their coop and run. I don't think they could actually get out but I wasn't sure if clipping their wings this young was possible or not.
     
  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop Premium Member

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    I guess it is possible but I think you should wait until fully grown.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Cover the run?
    You'd have to be very careful clipping chicks wings, harder to spot blood feathers, and they will be growing another set soon anyway.
    If you do clip a blood feather, fully pluck the feather immediately to stop bleeding.
     
  6. chickengal512

    chickengal512 Out Of The Brooder

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    Clipping their wings takes away their only source of defense. If a predator gets in their pen theyll try to fly, but they cant if their wings are clipped, they cant protect themselves.
     

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