Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cleoandtheo, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. cleoandtheo

    cleoandtheo Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had to clip my girls' wings this afternoon -- something I was hoping to avoid. But one of the girls jumped up on the fence this afternoon -- and if she went over, she could be in danger from the neighbor's dog.
    I used this diagram for help:

    I only trimmed about an inch and half off of these feathers. And only did one wing per bird. Is that enough to do the job???
  2. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    Yes, that's right! [​IMG] Only one wing should be clipped. [​IMG]
  3. Mother of All

    Mother of All Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2010
    keep an eye on them. that worked last year on my first flock but this year on my younger one after clipping one wing they still go over by fence. I had to clip the second wing and they still had to go make and clip a little more off one of the wings. I think it depends on the breed
  4. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2010
    I just had to do this, too, after mine went over the fence and into my neighbor's driveway accross the alley. I cliped more like three inches off mine, and two hours later the Leghorn was sitting on top of the fence, looking very proud of herself. But nobody else has gotten back up there, and I don't think she will fly over to the other side by herself. As long as I can keep their fearless leader, the Barred Rock, on this side of the fence, I think we'll be okay.
  5. rrgrassi

    rrgrassi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2010
    Royse City
    I clip both wings, just so they stay "balanced".
  6. CrazedCowgirl

    CrazedCowgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2016
    Eugene Oregon
    I have 5, almost 6 month old girls and I clipped about 1.5 to 2 inches off of one side. They can still get up away from danger and on top of their coop but it keeps them a little closer to the ground and keeps them more manageable for me. I have a couple girls that still make it up on top of their outdoor roost (6 feet) easy. The other girls have to jump up on their coop before jumping over to the roost bars.

    Would clipping both sides help them to stabilize themselves while staying closer to the ground or would it defeat the purpose of wing clipping?

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