Wing clipping

sianara

Songster
13 Years
Apr 27, 2007
1,607
33
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Central MA
This is the second year in a row I've got two escape artists. The golden campine I can understand. She weighs 4 pounds dripping weight and she's S-M-A-R-T but the ameraucana makes me scratch my head in wonder. That girl must weigh about 6 pounds, I mean she's a big girl. How in the world is SHE getting her self elevated over a 7 foot high fence? I've watched her. She does it!

Anyway, I've clipped one of each of their wings. Last year I clipped both of their wings time and time again cuz they kept getting out. How far down can you safely clip a wing to keep them from flying over the fence? I thought just doing one side would solve the problem but it didn't so then I did both wings. Still didn't work. Jeez, how hard can it be to get it right?
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sianara

Songster
13 Years
Apr 27, 2007
1,607
33
206
Central MA
THANK YOU! I have seen this illustration before and it looks as though you clip the flight feathers even with the other feathers (which is what I did). But when I look at the photo, it is clear that the flight feathers are much shorter than the rest of them. This was my problem
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Last year when I desperately clipped both wings I realized it just helped them to fly so I didn't make the same mistake this year.

I will trim the flight feathers shorter and keep my fingers crossed. Thanks again!
 

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