Aug 14, 2014

Wing Clipping: Whether & How to Clip a Chicken's Wing Feathers

There are times when it may be necessary to limit a chicken's ability to fly and wing clipping is a means to that end. Whether to clip a chicken's wings should be carefully considered by weighing the pros and cons as the disadvantages are significant. When done properly, wing clipping is painless.
There are times when it may be necessary to limit a chicken's ability to fly and wing clipping is a means to that end. Whether to clip a chicken's wings should be carefully considered by weighing the pros and cons as the disadvantages are significant. When done properly, wing clipping is painless.
Kate, my Speckled Sussex hen
Kate, my Speckled Sussex hen
ABOUT WING FEATHERS
The longest feathers on a chicken's wing are its primaries, also known as primary wing feathers or flight feathers
Coverts are the shorter wings that cover/overlap the primaries.
Secondary wing feathers, which are located behind the primaries, are not routinely clipped.
The longest feathers on a chicken's wing are its primaries, also known as primary wing feathers or flight feathers.  Coverts are the shorter wings that cover/overlap the primaries. Secondary wing feathers, which are located behind the primaries, are not routinely clipped.
Primary wing feathers may be referred to as flight feathers or primaries.
Clipping the flight feathers of one wing limits a chicken's ability to fly by interfering with balance. There are ten primary wing feathers as shown below fully extended.
Clipping the flight feathers of one wing limits a chicken's ability to fly by interfering with balance. There are ten primary wing feathers as shown below fully extended.
WHEN TO CLIP PRIMARY WING FEATHERS
Some chickens find the grass greener on the other side of any place they are, but there are times when it is necessary to confine them for their own safety (busy road, dogs next door, etc) or to preserve a garden. Wing clipping a way to limit a chicken's ability to fly.
Some chickens find the grass greener on the other side of any place they are, but there are times when it is necessary to confine them for their own safety (busy road, dogs next door, etc) or to preserve a garden. Wing clipping a way to limit a chicken's ability to fly.
ADVANTAGES OF WING CLIPPING
  • Safe, painless way to ground a chicken. Clipping flight feathers disrupts a bird's balance, which can prevent flying over fences intended to safeguard it. 
  • Temporary: feathers will grow back when the chicken molts.
DISADVANTAGES OF WING CLIPPING
  • Hampers bird's ability to use flight as an escape mechanism, leaving chicken vulnerable to predators. 
  • May result in injuries from the inability to descend safely from heights (roosts/branches)
  • When done improperly, can result in bleeding.
  • Disqualifies show chickens.
PIN FEATHER WARNING 
Newly emerging feathers have a vein-filled shaft that will bleed if cut or injured. Avoid cutting any of these pin feathers during wing clipping.
Newly emerging feathers have a vein-filled shaft that will bleed if cut or injured. Avoid cutting any of these pin feathers during wing clipping.
HOW TO CLIP A CHICKEN'S FLIGHT FEATHERS
For maximum safety and efficiency, a partner should be roped into helping with wing clipping.
For maximum safety and efficiency, a partner should be roped into helping with wing clipping.
  • Operator 1 holds chicken's feet in one hand, pressing chicken close to body while fanning the wing feathers out with the free hand.
  • Operator 2 locates coverts and primaries.
  • Using sharp, long scissors, Operator 2 clips primary flight feathers just BENEATH the coverts.

Some chickens are more ambitious, spirited or motivated than others to clear a fence, which may necessitate the clipping of primary feathers on both wings, the clipping of secondary wing feathers and/or installing overhead netting in the enclosure. 
Some chickens are more ambitious, spirited or motivated than others to clear a fence, which may necessitate the clipping of primary feathers on both wings, the clipping of secondary wing feathers and/or installing overhead netting in the enclosure.
Intact Wings
Wing clipping has not stopped Kate from hopping up and over a four foot high fence despite her size. I am not willing to clip secondary feathers or coverts, however. She isn't in danger when she is on the other side of the fence, but she does make a mess in the mulch in the front of the house. I can live with it.
Wing clipping has not stopped Kate from hopping up and over a four foot high fence despite her size. I am not willing to clip secondary feathers or coverts, however. She isn't in danger when she is on the other side of the fence, but she does make a mess in the mulch in the front of the house. I can live with it.
Clipped Wings

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Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

251 comments :

  1. Jamie Baker8/14/14, 8:14 AM

    Great article! Did you know that you can also clip the primaries closer to the body, leaving the outermost 3-4, and get an effectively clipped wing? Flight is prohibited, but the wing looks intact when folded. We used to do this for exotic bird owners when I was a vet-tech, and when I worked for a small pet store/groomer. Because, you know, sometimes you want to see those pretty wings folded against the body. :)


    Awesome giveaway, too! Thank you!

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  2. Eileen Head8/14/14, 8:21 AM

    I am currently using Koop Klean and loving it! The coop smells so fresh. I could use another bale :-)

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  3. I've always kept my chickens inside an enclosure which allows me to leave their wings intact. Good to know what to do if that ever changes. We all love Koop Clean, and I would love to win a bag of it (it costs a lot at my local Agway).

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  4. Sara Crawford8/14/14, 8:25 AM

    I keep entering for the koop clean, maybe this time!

    Oh, and I recently had to clip my birds wings (adding an OEGB, way to agile at getting over even 6-7foot fences) I roped my husband into helping me, and he kept saying "are you SURE it doesn't hurt them?" before clipping the feathers. You should have seen the look on his face before he cut the first feather. I think he really thought there would be blood spurting out or the chicken would start screaming.

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  5. Yay! I would love some Koop clean! The coop is a little stinky right now...

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  6. I would love to win a bag! My local feed stores do not carry it, so it would be a chance to try it. I learned how to clip wing feathers on YouTube -- each time I do it, I gulp and hold my breath, and thus probably clip too conservatively, but with all my hens so far, it has worked well and kept the girls inside their run. Thanks for the clear description. BTW I read, and saw demonstrated in a couple of places, that it is best to clip the left wing rather than the right. It has something to do with placement of the chicken's internal organs. Do you know anything about that?

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  7. Great info. I had to clip my little bantam D'uccle pullets wing not long ago. She loves to fly. We let them free range when home but we had to go out of town and I wanted to keep her safely in her pen. I think it hurt her pride a bit not being able to fly, lol.

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  8. had to clip our as they always ended up in the neighbors garden, since we have enlarged our pen and put up poultry netting so they are safe and can't get out, puts us at ease and keeps the peace with our neighbor! I would love to try the Koop Clean thank you!

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  9. My birds are always escaping their fenced area, but not sure I want to clip them. I love Koop Clean....been using it since you first brought it to our attention.

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  10. Heard so much about Koop clean. would love to try it!

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  11. Thanks for this great info, my girls are starting to fly so I will keep a close eye on them but be ready to clip if needed. Thank you!

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  12. Andi Williams8/14/14, 8:39 AM

    My 4 hens have not been out of their run yet, a covered reclaimed swingset. When I am in the coop, they are curious about coming outside. I fear letting them out since I have a 1/2 acre yard. Herding chickens is a visual image I want to try to avoid! LOL I would love to try the Koop Clean!

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  13. Love to win a bag of Koop Clean! This is our first time with a coop and am still trying out ways to keep it clean and dry.

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  14. Sarah Lagoon8/14/14, 8:58 AM

    Since I don't have any fences, are there any other benefits? Thanks for another great giveaway.

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  15. I have this sudden image in my mind of Kate, standing on top of the fence wearing blue face paint and yelling "Freedom" in a Scottish accent while wearing a kilt. Thank you for that.

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  16. Shannon Berrios8/14/14, 9:03 AM

    We don't clip. The chickens pretty much run this place...lol!

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  17. I use Koop Clean and it does work. It is not the most economical, so I would love a free bag for my girls. Thanks for this video.

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  18. Thank you for this post. I have been debating clipping wings on a few of my high flying chickens. They keep getting into our garden areas and throwing mulch everywhere.

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  19. Jeanette Ford8/14/14, 9:11 AM

    I would love to free range my babies. And have been going back and forth with clipping their wings but I have 4 who won't come near me. Not sure what I would do with them.Thanks for the great information!

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  20. I don't think I could do this, but I understand the need to in some cases. I thought about this when deciding what breed of chickens I wanted to get, and decided to get ones that are usually not able to fly much.

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  21. Bonnie Calderon8/14/14, 9:12 AM

    Nice to know. My girls are flighty themselves.

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  22. i have to clip my girls wings they are bantams and love to fly..i live close to a road so its for their protection.i would like to try the coop clean thank you for the chance to win..

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  23. David Church8/14/14, 9:12 AM

    I haven't had to clip any wings. I need them to get away from the dog when she wants to play once in a while.

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  24. Ruth Mizzell8/14/14, 9:14 AM

    My coop smells stinky..........this would really help in the teenage pen..............

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  25. I have an escape artist as well! I've clipped one wing. If I clip the other, would that give her less flying power or more (since she'd be balanced)? Thank you!

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  26. It's always a challenge to keep the coop clean and not smelly. This product should help.

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  27. Elizabeth Nicole Stelling8/14/14, 9:19 AM

    I just had to do this because one of my 4 month old hens flew over the fence to where the dogs are and he killed her in a nano second. I was so upset to loose her--she was a gold lace wyandotte. At least she didn't suffer long. This was a very easy procedure and will hopefully keep my new hens alive. Thanks for another great article!

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  28. Melissa Guy8/14/14, 9:19 AM

    Great article! Thanks :)

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  29. Melissa Bishop8/14/14, 9:21 AM

    Awesome! Thank you for the instructions!

    I had asked about wing clipping and you suggested that I do not do it. Unfortunately, I live on an extremely busy and dangerous road: a residential street with a 30mph limit. Cops have clocked people doing 87mph on my road. I can't chance them getting over my 6' fence and into the road, or hoping over my fence into my neighbor's yard. They have a mean dog that would tear them to shreds. We also have hawks in the area, so their free yard ranging will have to be limited to supervised play. Their run will have a roof on it when we finish it but I still want the girls to be able to enjoy the back yard.

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  30. So far we are just rolling with the damage to our hosta garden by our deck (now our flock's fave place to hang out & forage). We will probably refrain from wing clipping until someone strays too far. Luckily we live in a fairly rural area and no one has tried to cross the road, LOL!

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  31. Ron Willett8/14/14, 9:30 AM

    Time to clean out the coop!

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  32. I love reading this blog. Thanks for posting so much helpful info for beginners like me

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  33. Kathy, as always, thank you for the informative posts! I have referenced your blog for several flock "issues", with much success!

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  34. Shannon Todd Hobbs8/14/14, 9:35 AM

    Love the informative article and would love to try Koop Clean too!

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  35. I'd love to try Koop Clean! It's not available where I live, so this may be my only chance!!

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  36. Barbara Bogan Bealer8/14/14, 9:38 AM

    Thanks for the info on clipping wings...just what I need. And, I'd certainly like to win a bag of Koop Clean as well.

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  37. Michelle H.8/14/14, 9:41 AM

    Waiting for a store by me to carry it, would live to try it!

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  38. Karen Chesbro8/14/14, 9:43 AM

    I would love to try this in my coop. Thanks for all the wonderful give aways!

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  39. nancy weckbacher8/14/14, 9:47 AM

    I enjoy reading all of your articles they are very helpful. I would love to win the coop clean as I am having a terrible time with flies this summer.

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  40. Thank you for the great info! I love learning things BEFORE I need them and not scrambling after there is a problem! ~JD

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  41. Heidi Benik8/14/14, 9:48 AM

    timely! I was just wondering about this. Have one lady who flies over our 4 ft fence whenever she can. For now, she's not allowed to free range for her own safety.

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  42. Would love to win this prize. I have an African Grey that I clip wings on, but she just molted and looks like a fluffy baby bird now. Too cute. Never thought about it for my chickens but have a couple that could probably use it.

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  43. After experimenting with my own bird before writing this article, I don't believe the purported benefits outweigh the risks. My hen can still get enough lift to clear a four foot fence without much difficulty and given that she free ranges, it's safer if she has all of her flight feathers.

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  44. It should give her less, but if she is persistent, you may want to clip the secondaries too.

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  45. Janine Iversen8/14/14, 9:59 AM

    I have debated wing clipping but at this point do not see it as having any value for my flock. Thank you for all your interesting articles and discussions, and always having enticing and needed giveaways! :)

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  46. Yes I have to do this with mine

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  47. Just clipped wings a couple days ago. Can't have backyard chicks running the neighborhood! And the coop clean would be fantastic!

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  48. so timely - all of my "babies" (18 weeks old today) have decided that the fenced back yard of over an acre is simply not enough room and they MUST escape into the hay fields (which freaks mommy OUT)........thank you for this great information!!!!

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  49. Maegan Dobbins8/14/14, 10:01 AM

    Very informative! Thank you!

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  50. Seramasoncall8/14/14, 10:07 AM

    You always have such great photos with your explanations. Thanks!

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  51. Karalea Marston8/14/14, 10:07 AM

    We clip our escape artists too.

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  52. so far i only i have one real flier... we have a cover run because of her... the others seem to prefer 'low and slow' flying... with their feet only inches from the ground!

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  53. Thank you for the pros and cons and the great video! We would love our chickens to free roam but the stinkers fly up over our 5 ft backyard cyclone fence! They would love it if allowed the yard!

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  54. So glad you posted this! We will soon be more than tripling our flock and we live in town. We do have a big privacy fence but I'm know they won't all be as well behaved as my current ladies :)

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  55. Brenda Bailey Smiley8/14/14, 10:23 AM

    Thank you for what you do. You help myself and others to be better chicken keepers:)

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  56. Rebecca Kronewetter8/14/14, 10:26 AM

    Would love to win the Koop Clean, but definately a new customer to help support your legal woes in any way possible!

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  57. Tonnyo Wright8/14/14, 10:34 AM

    I would love to try Koop Clean! I currently use shavings.

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  58. Jeanette Toban8/14/14, 10:41 AM

    Would love to try the Koop Clean! Thanks for the info on clipping....we clip the whole flock since they tend to play follow the leader.

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  59. Awesome! We have a escape chicken and this is great info! And I really what to try out that Koop Clean too!!

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  60. Love Koop Klean, wish they sold locally.

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  61. We need to clip ours. Thanks for the info.

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  62. I am a HUGE advocate of wing clipping for many reasons. I have and still do own parrots. And I have had heart break when 1 of them flies away. I really did not consider my chickens, until my little Laverne decided one day to explore the front fence line and was caught on camera jumping up and over! Can you believe she stayed in the front yard ....all day. Even laid her egg under the rose bush. After that I decided that with most of back fence leading to neighbors yards with angry dogs and another are leading to the freeway, that it was in my interest to clip flight feathers. Mine are checked regularly and clipped twice a year.

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  63. Thank you for a great article! I would love to try the Koop Clean.

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  64. Lori Spencer8/14/14, 10:58 AM

    Perfect timing! I've been trying to decide whether or not to clip. Having more info really helps!

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  65. Timely post as I will have to do this sometime soon to keep my girls safely on my side of the fence :-)

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  66. Very helpful info, as always. :)

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  67. HerePeepPeepers8/14/14, 11:03 AM

    We are debating Clipping... wait and see, They free range most of the day and I think it's a great escape to have the wings.. Just incase :)

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  68. Great detailed instructions!

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  69. Colleen Maher8/14/14, 11:04 AM

    Thanks for the information - as always! Thanks also for a great giveaway. Still trying to get Koop Clean to Colorado - so I would really appreciate this!!

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  70. Cindy Decker Gill8/14/14, 11:08 AM

    Thank you for this info. I don't feel the need to clip my girls' wings, but I'm glad for the info to refer when needed. Also, I hope to win the coop clean, as it is something I'd like to try! Thanks!

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  71. Thanks for this info! I've been considering clipping the hens wings when we move to our new home!

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  72. Belinda Caressa Medlin8/14/14, 11:11 AM

    good article...no wing clipping going on here. We live in the country and there is plenty of room to roam. My hubs fenced in a LARGE area to keep the chics from wandering too far and to help stop a predator from shooting in from near by open pasture and grabbing a bird. I have used PDZ in the coop/run sand and would really like trying the bedding. I'll just have to wait and see if I win! Have a good one, Kathy. Hope you win "range war" soon!

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  73. Kathy, Love all the informative article's and would love to try Koop Clean too!

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  74. Ferrell Andrews8/14/14, 11:26 AM

    Very good article. Confirmed what grandma taught me

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  75. Sharon Scott8/14/14, 11:29 AM

    Thank you for the info. I used to do this to my ducks, never realized that I could do it to my girls..duh! Thank you for the give~aways!

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  76. Quackydoodle8/14/14, 11:39 AM

    I'm thinking of clipping my ducks' wings. This is very helpful. Thanks!

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  77. Thank you! I didn't know anything about this before now!

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  78. This video is very helpful in a number of ways, one being that it does not 'hurt'.
    Thank you, Cheers!
    izzi~avis

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  79. My farmers' market buddy just asked about this topic Saturday. I plan to post the link to the well-written and clear article on our facebook group. Thanks again for your good work, support of backyard chicken keepers, and don't even ask me how much I'd love to win the prize.

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  80. Would to try Koop Clean!

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  81. Thanks for this great information!

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  82. Thankd for the chance to win!

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  83. Was just trying to decided whether or not to clip wings. Thanks very helpful.

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  84. I find it's always a debate to clip or not to clip wings whether talking about chickens or pet birds. I never clipped my chicken because they were in doors. If I had outdoor chickens and if one keep getting out of the yard via flying over the fence I would have to ponder what I'd do because I'd want them to be able to get away from danger ...as usual very informative information!

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  85. Thanks so much for the info!!

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  86. I have parrots and chickens are much easier to do then parrits

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  87. Colleen Maher8/14/14, 12:58 PM

    Thanks, as always for the information. Thankfully, I don't think I'll need this for our girls. Still waiting for Koop Clean in Colorado - so thanks for the opportunity as well!!

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  88. Tracy Harden8/14/14, 1:03 PM

    I clipped the wings on all my gals a few weeks ago after one escaped over a 5' fence. I did clip both wings, not just one, but they can't fly up so much now.

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  89. Evelyn Qualls8/14/14, 1:03 PM

    As a teen we clipped the wings on our parakeets, looks like chickens are just larger! Would love to try the Koop Clean product.

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  90. Ellen Weeks Gogan8/14/14, 1:05 PM

    Your video. Thank you it was just what I need to see.

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  91. Moving chicks to coop this weekend - definitely need this!

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  92. Meloni Harris8/14/14, 1:07 PM

    Very nice, thank you for sharing

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  93. I would love to win!! Thank you for such a wonderful blog!

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  94. Chick-chick Momma8/14/14, 1:40 PM

    I've been looking for something to put down in the coop. My girls free range most of the day... it would definitely be nice to have something to put down in their coop and run for the times they do have to stay in.

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  95. great info Thank you

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  96. Tina VandenHeuvel8/14/14, 1:56 PM

    Love the info you share!

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  97. I was (apparently) the first to comment but I don't see it. Trying again! Would love a bag of Koop Clean.

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  98. Would love to win coop clean! Haven't let the girls out of the coop yet because I am afraid my cat will attack them....any advice? They are in a fenced yard as we live in a neighborhood so I don't want them to fly over the fence but I also don't want my cat to do damage. He is quite the hunter and brings me birds,rodents etc.....do chickens defend themselves against cats?Thanks for any info.

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  99. I have been wanting to know how to do this for a long time and was afraid to pursue it without researching it first - a big thank you!

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  100. Tina welles8/14/14, 2:45 PM

    Great info....thanks

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  101. Always good to read your add-ons. Our ladies are all fenced in - too many hawks circle.

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  102. You are a wealth of knowledge for this new chickie-mama!

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  103. I've always clipped wings. This is a great instructional for those who need a refresher or are new to it. I also looked into Koop Kleen a few days ago. Would love to be able to buy it locally but unfortunately it's not available in Puget Sound Area, and it can't be mailordered :-(. Great stuff though!

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  104. Thankfully we have enough room to let the chickens go. At least now I know more about the whole procedure. Thanks.

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  105. As always great info. Kathy!! You just saved a rescue chicken with your bumble foot and now I will be able to keep her safe and in the run!!

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  106. One of my new girls almost got eaten by the neighbors great dane AFTER I clipped one wing! Luckily the dog didn't know what to do with her and she was saved. How in the world did she get over the fence after her wing was clipped?

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  107. Thank you for the information.

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  108. Arlena Birdwell Robertson8/14/14, 3:18 PM

    Thank you for the information! would love to use this in my coop!

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  109. Heather Spears8/14/14, 3:22 PM

    Only have one girl I have had to clip wings on but I think some of my other girls are curious about the neighbors garden so I might have to add a few more to the clipper list.

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  110. Thank you for this! I just clipped the wings of two of my chickens - had to do both sides and they STILL FLY! I'm not sure if I did something wrong or if they are just that ambitious. Any thoughts anyone? Would love to try the koop clean too!

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  111. I would love to try this! I

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  112. Margaret Syth8/14/14, 3:25 PM

    My banties easily fly over a 6 foot fence, so we installed overhead wire fencing. It keeps them in and keeps hawks, cats, raccoons, etc. out.
    I would love to try Koop Clean. It sounds great.

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  113. Robin Martin8/14/14, 3:35 PM

    We have not had to clip anyone yet due to escaping, but it is nice to know how to do it. Thanks for the video.

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  114. Cheryl Ortiz8/14/14, 3:37 PM

    good info.

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  115. Jennifer Simpson8/14/14, 3:38 PM

    I have always wondered this, but we have too many things that want to get our birds. :( Good to know for future reference!

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  116. I remember my parents and even my grandparents clipping just one wing on the hens so they could not balance to fly.

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  117. Tracy Pynaker-Martinson8/14/14, 3:59 PM

    Thank you for all the great information. I really enjoy reading your posts and using some of your projects!

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  118. Tammie Weatherford8/14/14, 4:03 PM

    Would love to try this product! ,,,not sure about clipping my girls wings...appreciate the info.

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  119. Cheryl Ortiz8/14/14, 4:25 PM

    yes please.

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  120. Interesting! So glad I found this blog. I will be getting my first chicks next Spring so I plan to comb this blog for all the info I need so I'm informed before I leap into this venture.

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  121. Thanks for the great info! I would love try Koop Clean in our coop.

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  122. I am so glad you posted about this! I was actually going to write in to see your opinion on this subject. We have one hen that seems to want to roost in a tree that is frequented by raccoons. A close call a few days ago has me wanted to keep her grounded. We are working on a covered run area rather then completely free ranging due to chicken droppings everywhere! Plus it is just safer all around ;). Thanks for the wonderful info!

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  123. ssearnhardt8/14/14, 5:37 PM

    Great information... THANKS!!

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  124. Brandy Keyes8/14/14, 6:36 PM

    Pick me :)

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  125. Perfect timing-it's time for a deep clean in my coop and I'd love to try this bedding!

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  126. Barbara Sherman8/14/14, 7:41 PM

    Would love to win, can't get it here.

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  127. Hope Bartlett8/14/14, 7:42 PM

    Thanks for wing clipping info, although I hope I never need it - tried to get Koop Clean at local Aubuchon and they didn't have it - hope they do soon!

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  128. I would love to try Koop Clean!

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  129. Not a dealer within 100 miles from me! Waaa. So, I might win?

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  130. I would love to give this a try! Hope I win!

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  131. Lynn corrado8/14/14, 7:51 PM

    Great info!

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  132. Interesting, thanks again for great information.

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  133. Caitlyn Ralston8/14/14, 7:57 PM

    My chickens would love some Koop Clean! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  134. Carol Morgan Doan8/14/14, 7:57 PM

    My coop really needs this product my girls would really appreciate it!

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  135. I could really use some of this in my coop. Thank you for the info.

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  136. Becke Bogue8/14/14, 8:00 PM

    Love Koop Clean!! Got my co-op to carry it and it's great for babies. I still like sand in the coop, but this is great for when they're growing up in my house. Lot lighter than sand to haul around!

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  137. Just clipped wings a week ago... was easy peezy... thanks for all you do!

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  138. Kathy Lawson8/14/14, 8:03 PM

    I love everything you do.I have learned so much from you.

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  139. I would love to win a bag of Koop Clean

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  140. Jennifer Major8/14/14, 8:06 PM

    pick me! This sounds great!

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  141. Please put me in the hat for the Koop Clean.

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  142. Jennifer Bolea8/14/14, 8:10 PM

    I would love to win a bag of Koop Klean, I was finally able to find a store to order it for me and it was $25 a bag! :(

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  143. Susan Fischer8/14/14, 8:10 PM

    thanks for this information!

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  144. MT Chickens8/14/14, 8:12 PM

    Oh man ! I'm dying to try this product !!!! Thank you Kathy for all of your guidance

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  145. Thanks for all the useful info!

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  146. Nice! Exciting!!

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  147. Thanks for info on Koop Clean and feather clipping

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  148. Allison Adams8/14/14, 8:23 PM

    So far loving the sweet pdz!

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  149. Kristy-Scott Rathbone8/14/14, 8:25 PM

    Great info. Thanks!

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  150. Susan Turner8/14/14, 8:30 PM

    Great article. Thinking of clipping all of my girls.The only disadvantage is a chicken hawk now and then.

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  151. perfect timing....time to clean the coop

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  152. I want to try this in my new sectioned off area in my coop

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  153. Wendy Karcher8/14/14, 8:46 PM

    Great information. Thanks Kathy!

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  154. It would be great to win the coop clean!

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  155. Donna Endicott Linnane8/14/14, 8:55 PM

    Just when I was wondering...

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  156. Chris Price Kluge8/14/14, 8:56 PM

    Me me me, pick me!!! lol You always have such great info! Have taught me so much about our feathered friends! Thanks :)

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  157. Thanks for the info! I've never clipped wings before. And I would LOVE to win Koop Clean...been wanting to try it ever since you first shared about it with us. :)

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  158. Sally A. Munson8/14/14, 9:01 PM

    Would love to win!

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  159. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win some Koop Clean!!

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  160. I would love to try it!

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  161. John Kostiuk8/14/14, 9:12 PM

    don't need to, but now I know how.

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  162. Christina Greutink8/14/14, 9:13 PM

    I always clip both wings, the one side clipped never thwarted my flyers very well. Great article and instructions!

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  163. Peggy Schoenbeck Farley8/14/14, 9:14 PM

    Thanks You for the wonderful Information on Wing clipping. I have 21 hens who think they just need to be going over the fence now :( This way they will be safer with clipped wings.

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  164. Tried to post earlier...apologize if this duplicates...would love to win clean coop! thanks

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  165. Thanks for the step by step!

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  166. I have two escape artists. This might come in handy!

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  167. Jessi Sheteron- Lewis8/14/14, 9:24 PM

    This looks like a great product for my girls!

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  168. Anita Miller8/14/14, 9:29 PM

    I'm waiting for this to come to our stores also. I was looking for it today and can't find it. You have great giveaways ;)

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  169. Sherry Pullicar8/14/14, 9:35 PM

    Great info..,.i have a question, I have 6 hens that I've had over a year now, I have now gotten 5 new birds, so far 2 are roosters and I believe the other 3 are hens. They are 11-12 weeks old, when should I start to let them all be together? I'm do scared my big girls will hurt them.....

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  170. Yvonne Zucker8/14/14, 9:42 PM

    Love the Chicken chick... brings back memories from when my girls showed poultry in 4-H and FFA... Both were small livestock round robin winners different years of course!

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  171. Jessica Gibson8/14/14, 9:52 PM

    Very informative. Thanks!!

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  172. Love all the giveaways

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  173. Sarah Puente Salazar8/14/14, 10:00 PM

    I would love to use this in my coop!

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  174. Nana Rominger8/14/14, 10:02 PM

    Hope mine don't jump the fence. 4 dogs on the other side.

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  175. Leigh Balius8/14/14, 10:05 PM

    Great article. I've been clipping my ducks' wings for awhile and waa just hoping I was doing it right. Apparently I was.

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  176. Michele Rutter8/14/14, 10:08 PM

    I would love to try Koop Clean! Awesome info on wing clipping, thanks!

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  177. Can they really get over a fence?

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  178. Timothy Presnell8/14/14, 10:22 PM

    Thank you for information. I learn something new today.

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  179. Your page has been bookmarked, thanks for the info. that this newbie treasures!!!

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  180. I love this blog! Thank you so much!

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  181. Gabriela Dunn8/15/14, 12:04 AM

    I would love to try this in my coop. Thank you!

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  182. Jennifer Flowers8/15/14, 12:08 AM

    Thanks for another informative article. I wish I had the guts to let my birds free range. Even with supervision I feel like I might not be able to get them back into the coop. Clipping their wings may just give me the confidence to let them out. I have a 4 foot chain link fence around my property, but it would be a nightmare if one of them went over. (Busy road nearby.) I am a hairdresser, so I think I can handle some feathers now!

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  183. Shannon Graeber8/15/14, 12:35 AM

    I sure could use some coop clean going to fill the incubator and would like to try it for brooder box cant find anything that doesnt cause lots of dust. You have a good weekend

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  184. Fred Humphrey8/15/14, 12:40 AM

    yes I would love to win this

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  185. exciting giveaway!!

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  186. Donna Greco-Sperbeck8/15/14, 12:48 AM

    I could use Koop clean.......I'm constantly cleaning the coop , I don't know whose worse the chick's or the cats ....lol

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  187. Kecia Kim Stewart8/15/14, 12:49 AM

    Yep, I have grass is greener chicken. She won't go far but has to be outside the fence - go figure. She has been pruned...

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  188. Dennita Miskimen8/15/14, 1:10 AM

    Awesome! You are my newest chicken guru! ❤️๐Ÿ”❤️๐Ÿ”❤️๐Ÿ”❤️๐Ÿ”❤️๐Ÿ”

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  189. Welcome to chicken keeping, Amanda!

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  190. Absolutely! Kate can clear a four foot fence by hopping with both wings clipped.

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  191. Happy to hear it, Jody, thanks!

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  192. Thank you Judy. It's nice to hear from you! Good luck in the giveaway!

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