Wing Clipping

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Lovemy3hens, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. Lovemy3hens

    Lovemy3hens Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 13, 2010
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Since I'm new to keeping chickens I've just discovered that some people actually cut their birds wings. I've heard of doing this for parrots and other smaller birds but not chickens. I keep doves and have their wings clipped to keep from flying. But what purpose does it serve to chickens? Do you clip your chickens wings?
  2. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2010
    Montgomery County, TX
    Clip feathers on one side only. This unbalances their flight, which is graceless enough naturally.

    The idea is to keep your pullets or bantams from flying away and getting eaten. (Full grown chickens are usually too heavy to fly much).

    Mine are ready to go over the fence and free range at any time. They have been sensible about it so far, so I have not clipped any wings since July.

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