The majority of my chickens have always roamed free in my fenced-in back yard, and I think it's time I bite the bullet and clip some wing feathers. It breaks my heart since one of the highlights of my day is coming out the back door to be greeted by the flying stampede racing toward me in excitement or when they flap up onto the picnic table for cuddles and scratches. BUT, I've got a couple that are getting bold and curious about the world on the other side of the fence. They're starting to jump up on my planter and the coop to look over it, and I'm scared they're going to get out and get mauled by one of the neighborhood dogs or hit by a car. How often do they need it done? Do they lose every damaged feather when they molt, or am I good for a couple molts? What's the best tool for the job? I know they can't feel it like we can't feel fingernails getting clipped, but I can definitely feel the difference between good and dull nail clippers. Are a sharp pair of kitchen shears good enough to get through quills in one cut? Or would it be better with something with more bite like some pruning shears? How is the best way to hold them when you do it? Does it have to be a two-person effort? Are they calmer if I get them out of the coop to do it at roosting time? I'm going to do it at that time anyway since I don't want to chase them on top of everything else, but I'm just curious if they'll be more mellow and less flappy at bedtime. Would it be best to just clip everyone's wings or just the ones trying to get out? And, the final and most important question... Do they get over it? Will I ever be forgiven for the traumatizing act of holding them down, ruining their feathers, and taking away their ability to fly?