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Feb 26, 2018

Flying Chickens

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I'm planning for our first flock and reading everything I can about them. I just watched a video on You Tube with chickens flying all over the place. Do you recommend clipping their wings? I have selected breeds that should do well in our environment but I never thought about them flying away!

Feb 26, 2018

Hey Joan! Welcome to the forum! Most chicken breeds kept in a backyard flock don't really fly. Their wings aren't very long, and their bodies are heavy. However, they can still use their wings to jump really high. So, if the fences for their enclosure are low, and uncovered, say 4 feet or lower, then you can trim their wings to prevent them from jumping up and over. It's completely painless for them when done right, like trimming fingernails. Lots of people prefer to clip just one side instead of both, as the chicken can still use their wings to get away from predators, but without one side, it simply turns them around. That choice is up to you. Here is a good diagram for you when it comes time to do it:

http://www.goodshomedesign.com/raising-backyard-chickens/

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