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My chickens are getting out....
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dale b    Posted 09-29-2003 at 03:37:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have a fenced in area around my coup so that the birds can free range, with out getting at my garden.
the fencing is around 7foot tall.
i once heard , that by plucking a certain feather, you could stop them from trying to fly???
i dont want to make the fence higher, but i do want to keep the birds in.
is there any thing i can do?
thanks a lot....dale b

dale b    Posted 09-30-2003 at 02:20:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
thanks to everyone for the great info.
i will try it tonight.
dale b

ATW/WA    Posted 09-29-2003 at 14:42:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]

They're correct trim the wing feathers, I would like to add some information.

The reason the old time chicken thieves worked after dark,
is because the birds are more cooperative and less noisy.

Do likewise, work after dark, two people makes it easier.
Less stress for both their birds and you.

Don't Ask,, Don't Tell...


Battle Born    Posted 09-29-2003 at 09:48:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fold the wing out, and cut the longest feathers parallel to the wing bone, staring at the tip. Cut them to the length of the shorter feathers on top. You only need to cut the feathers of one wing only. They will bleed if they are still growing, so some people use a styptic pencil to stop it because they say it can cause anemia, but My opinion is that is not the case. I have never had a problem with it. You will need to repeat after every moult. If your chickens are anything like mine, wear gloves. Your chickens will run into the fence for a while.

Les    Posted 09-29-2003 at 03:42:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Flight feathers can be sliced longitudinally to prevent them from flying.
Why don't you just fence your garden out?

dale b    Posted 09-29-2003 at 03:57:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
les, thanks for the info, but im not exactly sure what you are saying...
when cutting feathers, do i follow the wing bone?

fencing the garden is on the list.....but not this year.
thanks dale

Annie in KY    Posted 09-29-2003 at 08:28:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you take the wing and "spread out" all the feathers you will see the shorter ones are on the bottom, the longer (flight) feathers are on top, trim with scissors the longer (flight) feathers to the same length as the bottom shorter feathers. Easy! and no pain for them.

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