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Wing clipping day

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So Saturday was the day for the chickens to get their wings clipped - they were remarkably cool with it, I expected to get pecked considerably - as it was they fairly calmly waited in my arms while Jo did the honours.

Just as well - one got out before being clipped and flew straight up to the top of a chair - about 4 feet in the air!

They were very pleased with being able to mooch about the rest of the garden.

And poo, of course.
8th Sep 2008, 13:43   | tags:,,

paintist says:

clipping their wings always makes me feel guilty....but its much better than them being road kill....I am rescuing the neighbours chucs at the moment, she needs to have a wing clipping day :-)

8th Sep 2008, 16:13

seaneeboy says:

Yeah, they do look a little thinner on their right hand side now, and we'd briefly considered putting one or two of them into a show - but that'll be out for the year now... Still, nice to see them running about the whole garden without taking off!

8th Sep 2008, 16:26

Rich says:

you will be amazed at how much shit they can produce. If you've already been amazed, you'll be even more amazed now they're out on the prowl.

8th Sep 2008, 16:32

seaneeboy says:

I already am, and am having to phone mates with allotments and things to get rid of just some of the buckets of it. I've said it before and i'll say it again - those little buggers can POOP.

8th Sep 2008, 16:35

Rich says:

and then some!

8th Sep 2008, 16:43

hildegard says:

Glad it went well but once they're settled in, you may not need to do it again.

Apologise if this is stating the obvious but...
More toys & interesting food will usually keep them home. They're not as stupid as they look & go exploring out of boredom. Giving them part of their diet as forage or in hanging seed sticks as well as suitable fruit & veg hidden or hung up will do a lot to keep their interest in the garden. Hanging mirrors/ cds & any parrot toys are all good too & large, well maintained dust & water baths are something like chook heaven. If your fences are ok & you're not near busy roads, an enriched environment will often preclude the need for clipping altogether, which is a boon for shows.

8th Sep 2008, 17:35

seaneeboy says:

Ta Hildegard! All tips always welcome :)

We're a bit worried about our pond - some pigeons and sparrows have fallen in, and I think we'd be a bit nervous that they'd lean over for a drink and that'd be that!

Still, we won't have to make that decision till spring, eh?

8th Sep 2008, 18:03

hildegard says:

Could you put cobbles in the pond to make it more shallow & easy to escape? Where you have plants that need deeper water you can fill in the gap in the cobbles with heavy-duty plastic-coated, wire fencing stuff - like chicken wire but chunkier. It gives the birds purchase & support to get out whilst letting the plants grow up through it. A solar-powered fountain might help keep the water sweet & has no inviting wormy-shaped parts to peck...

8th Sep 2008, 18:16

seaneeboy says:

Not quite - our pond is pretty deep (about 4 feet rising up, rather than dug into the ground), but there's a wall in between the grass and the pond - so with clipped wings they're safe...

On the whole i think it'll be much safer all round to keep clipping the wings - if we move to a more rural part of the world then we can give them a bit more freedom, but best to play it safe while we live in urban Armley :)

9th Sep 2008, 10:08

FilbertFox says:

So will you keep them confined to barracks during the winter? I am assuming you will be both leaving for work in the dark and getting home in the dark? I was thinking or the meat eating members of my family taking a snack.

We will wait 'til spring before we get ours because from now until easter i work long long long hours and never see daylight during the week.

14th Sep 2008, 17:28

seaneeboy says:

Well, the cool thing is their run out the front of the elgu, means we can open the eglu and when they're ready they'll mooch out, and mooch back in again. Apparently they're OK to have it open for a few nights too, which will cover weekends away and things.

Good idea to go for spring - you might have a bit of a wait for your run though depending on what style you go for (it took a month for our Eglu to come) but your chickens shouldn't take too long at all to start laying... unlike ours which are still just pooing :)

16th Sep 2008, 09:47