Friday, March 12, 2010

Clipping Wings

From time to time I will have a hen who remembers what her wings are for.
This particular hen was put back in the run a couple of times today and twice yesterday. It seemed that every time I went out the door, she was there to greet me. This means that she needed to have her wings clipped.To keep the hens from flying out, one must clip her wings. This means that you merely trim the primary flight feathers on one wing. This is usually enough to keep a hen grounded.

This does not hurt the hens at all and it keeps the hens inside their run and safe from predatory foxes. The foxes are having their litters just now and are on the lookout for any unguarded and fat hens.


Shammickite said...

I remember my dad doing that to our hens when I was small. We always had a dozen new chicks every spring, and they lived in a big wire chicken run which my dad moved to a new location every year.

Joy Des Jardins said...

This was interesting Peggy...I've learned something I didn't know about clipping chicken wings. Thanks for the lesson... Hugs, Joy