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Let’s talk wing clipping……yup, that’s right – wing clipping. This needs to periodically done for chickens and ducks. (Or anything that flies in your coop.) If, like me, your run and yards are not topped then this becomes a necessary task. Let’s me the culprit.
This is one of my hatchlings…. she’s about a year now. About a week ago she discovered she could fly….. I’m typically fine with them gliding in the coop/yard. They get clipped when they discover they can fly over my fences. Luckily she (and many of them) discover my garden or backyard first….. she landed in my garden here.
Tools of the trade
First, you’re going to need some tools to do the job. I highly recommend a net. This is just a fishing net…. one of the large ones you can find at any sporting goods store and most feed store like Cal Ranch, IFA, and Tractor Supply. I believe I got mine at Cal Ranch. If you wait till the fall when fishing season is primarily over you can often find them on seasonal clearance. (That’s how I found mine.) You’ll also need some plain old scissors. I often keep a pair or two out in my coop on a nail for the just in case.
Flying the coop
Now it’s time to catch your culprit. She had to give a chase….. yup she flew over to my neighbor’s yard. So, we drove around the corner and caught her. Turning the birds upside down not only makes it much easier to hold the birds and clip their wings, but it also tends to calm them down as a general rule. Though with ducks not as much as with chickens. However, it does make it easier to subdue them if they get nervous again by just pushing their head back down. You can do it with just you, BUT it’s way easier with two.
Let’s clip! Just start just above her 1st layer of feathers on the underside of the wing. Only one wing because the point is to make the birds unbalanced so they cannot fly. Clip the whole length. As a side note, this does NOT hurt the birds. That’s it! Put the bird back in your coop ,and they just have a duck conference telling their fellows their adventures.
Blessings from my Home to Yours,