wing clipping

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by thebrats, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. thebrats

    thebrats Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 26, 2009
    Hi All,
    Im a mummy of two Blue belle girls who are 24 wks today.
    They are called Harriot and Henriette, Ive heard you can clip their wings which would allow me to let then have a free run on our garden.
    Any information in this matter is appreciated.

    Hope you are all having a great day.
    carole x
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2009
  2. bradderz1997

    bradderz1997 New Egg

    Sep 5, 2009
    Hey. I Believe To Only Clip One Wing So They Are Not Balanced And They Cant Take Off My Friend (Also A Poultry Keeper) Clipped Both Of My Hens Wings Which Still Keeps Them Balanced And Yeah I Suppose If You Clip 1/2 Of Their Wings And Your Garden Is Fenced In You Could Let Them Free Range !
  3. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    This subject comes up at least weekly around here...lots of posts on it. Easiest answer is the explanation in the learning center on this forum, look up at the top of the page. It has diagrams and anything you need to do the job.
  4. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Greencastle, Indiana
    i do it to all my chickens you just take out one wing and you cut only the first 8 or so feathers they are called primary feathers and you just check them every few weeks to make sure the feathers havent grown back and the reason you can do this is so they arent balanced and cant fly long or high distances they can still fly short distances and can get about 3 or 4 feet in the air but can only do that for a few yards.
  5. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2007
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2009
  6. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Remember, though, if you do this you will be taking away your chickens' primary means of avoiding predators that make it into your yard (like neighborhood dogs, for example).
  7. The Zoo

    The Zoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2009
    Hayward, CA
    I need to do this to 2 of my chickens soon - one made it to the top of a 6 foot fence today from the top of the spa. EEK. At least she decided to come down on the right side.
  8. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Greencastle, Indiana
    Quote:ya mine still seem to want to get out they stand on top of their house so i have to be clever on house placement lol but wing clipping is amazing
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2009
  10. the lemon tree

    the lemon tree Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    I just wing clipped my Red Sex-link today. The biggest thing I learned (other than snip the right feathers, which was easy) is to have very sharp scissors!

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