Wing Clipping? Opinions wanted

High Mountain Chic

In the Brooder
10 Years
Feb 18, 2009
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Leadville Colorado
What is everyone's opinion on wing clipping? My chickens will have a fully enclosed run when they are big. If everyone thinks that clipping is a must then when do you start to do this? my chicks are flying like crazy in their brooder at 3.5 weeks old. Thanks for the input!
 

purecountrychicken

Songster
11 Years
Sep 11, 2008
248
2
119
Gray Court, SC
If your run is fully covered,,I wouldn't worry about clipping them. My run doesn't have a cover and 5' fence so I clipped my chickens wings. A lot of people are against clipping them but sometimes you have to.
 

cwc362

Songster
11 Years
Sep 26, 2008
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16
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Huntingdon- West Tn
If you aren't going to have a top on your pen- Wing clipping is a good idea- I've done it for years and never had a problem. I guess if you are showing chickens, you wouldn't want to clip because of looks. But for layers and meat chickens has always worked out well for me.
 

ChooksChick

BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist
11 Years
Aug 17, 2008
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Larry, KS
My Coop
It doesn't hurt them and some of mine will even sit still for it! I have a 4' chain link fence on either side of my yard and live in the middle of a city- so it had to be done. They don't mind, and it keeps them from hopping fences.

I have a 10'x10' playhouse 3' off the ground under which they can run if something flies into the area, and various shrubs and stuff they can take cover in throughout the yard. No daytime ground predators can get into the yard, and they have a pre-fab 8'x8' garden shed for Fort Knox Coop at night.

If if keeps them in your yard, it's a good idea, IMHO. If mine got into our North or West neighbor's yard, they'd be one more fence hop from 3 or 4 fenced-in pit-bulls. I'd hate to see that. I clip *because* I love them!
 

cockadoodle

Songster
11 Years
Jan 20, 2009
199
1
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Denver
I'll be clipping the wings on mine (or at least 1 on each bird). We have a 6 foot fence around most of the yard, but a 4 footer in other sections. My chicks are flying all over the basement right now and I'd really hate to lose any of them over the fence to a dog . car . etc... Some of my friends with other birds (parrots, etc..) do the same thing without any apparent harm to the birds. Kind of like trimming toe nails from what I've heard.

btw, have to say hello to another coloradian



Regards,
Mark
 

Lolliegee

Songster
11 Years
Dec 8, 2008
331
4
131
Cottage Grove, OR
Funny, I was just getting ready to post a very similar question...I'd like to know at what age you should start clipping their wings and also how do you go about doing it. It's been over 20 years since I helped my mom with it.
 

melissastraka

Songster
10 Years
Feb 26, 2009
1,016
1
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Hoquiam, WA
I used sterile scissors on my roos. I dont really worry now because they all come back at night but when i did, they were fine with it. A couple of pecks and screams while trying to separate the feathers but that was it.
 

Lolliegee

Songster
11 Years
Dec 8, 2008
331
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Cottage Grove, OR
Quote:Thanks. I don't know why I didn't think to look there. That should've been a no-brainer. Although, it still didn't answer my question of age...When should you start clipping their wings?
 

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