Wing clipping?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicksducks1, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. chicksducks1

    chicksducks1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I would like everyone's thoughts, opinions, and experience to wing clipping. I have recently started free ranging my chickens but am very worried about them flying over the fence. In our property they are safe from most predators but if they get over the fence I fear for them. I've been debating possibly clipping their wings so they wouldn't be able to fly over our 6 foot privacy fence, but I've never done it before. One thing I worry is will they still be able to get on to their roost at night without being able to fly? They are about a year old so are they too old to clip? Any thoughts or opinions would be great thank you!
     
  2. zephyricle

    zephyricle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can give some samples I pit on a picture I snagged off google

    Ok so for starters, if they've got their full grown feathers, go ahead!

    So when you clip wings, you should pick ONE wing, not both. Secure the bird under your arm and extend their wing, like this
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    (Honestly i don't know of this picture came from this site or not haha just pulled it off google)
    There's two parts of the wing that should be worried about. The green and the yellow sections
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    There's a certain part of the wing that you want to worry about cutting.
    Feel the wing to see where the meat is so you don't cut it on accident.
    Now, what I do is cut along the line givendors to you along the wing feathers like this
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    You want to make sure you don't cut the wing much deeper than the blue line

    You CAN cut the back part of the wing showed below as green
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    BUT you can keep it if you want your birds to look less like a wreck. Haha.
    With my turkeys I chose to cut those because they are a lot larger and could still get around woth the back piece.

    The reason you only clip one wing like this is because they rely on aerodynamics to fly. If one wing os clipped, they lose that. If both are clipped, then they are even on both sides and gives it back.

    Another thing to look out for is that if they RECENTLY finished a molt, you should keep an eye on the wing feathers you cut. Make sure they don't have deep red in the stems where you're cutting. Those are blood feathers. It's pretty unlikely that they will be up that far on the feathers, but I've heard of cases where the cut a but too far and the bird starts bleeding everywhere...
    Anyways, I hope this helps, I did my best! Have fun trying to clip them too :)
     
  3. chicksducks1

    chicksducks1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Would it work on guinea fowl as well? Are they still able to hop on to their roost?
     
  4. zephyricle

    zephyricle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah it should be the same. They should be able to jump up perfectly well.
     
  5. chicksducks1

    chicksducks1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome thanks so much!
     
  6. zephyricle

    zephyricle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No problem :>
     

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