Wing clipping

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickadde, May 14, 2011.

  1. chickadde

    chickadde Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it okay to clip wings from chicks that are five weeks old? I guess I'm just afraid they will fly away if they get scared or startled by something. Just wondering if its best to wait until they are fully grown or does it matter? Thanks for your help.
     
  2. CrazyChickensEverwhere

    CrazyChickensEverwhere Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont know. I dont think a 5 week old can fly to hight yet. I would wait tell laying age to clip.
     
  3. Ms.Frizzle

    Ms.Frizzle Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. chickadde

    chickadde Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much for your help.
     
  5. newgoosegirl

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    Quote:...Our chickens are barely 4 months, and yet they've been trying to roost on the 6-foot high fence since they started going out. [​IMG]
     
  6. CrazyChickensEverwhere

    CrazyChickensEverwhere Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:...Our chickens are barely 4 months, and yet they've been trying to roost on the 6-foot high fence since they started going out. [​IMG]

    Wow really.. mine are 6 weeks and they dont go high at all. I guess you can clip there wings. the first 10 flight feathers.
     
  7. RaZ

    RaZ Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Maybe it depends on the breed that you have. I clipped the wings on mine at about 5 weeks because they were getting over a 4 foot fence with ease.
     
  8. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I clip my older ones. The fence is covered by netting to prevent them from flying out, but they could easily fly up to the top (thinking they were going to fly out) and getting stuck in the netting. Clip the first 10 flight feathers on ONE wing, not both.
     
  9. aceintoledo

    aceintoledo Out Of The Brooder

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    ....so exactly how high can these chickens fly?[​IMG]
     
  10. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My oldest are 12 weeks and in a good wind they can fly on top of their coop. It's 6 feet tall. [​IMG]
     

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