Chickens are a very strange type of bird. They have wings, and yet they can’t fly. Well, that’s not quite accurate. Chickens can fly, just not very far. Most chicken breeds can only fly a few feet off the ground, but some of the lighter breeds can fly as high as 10 feet and as far as 50 feet (although that is rare).
If you keep your chickens in a fenced-in area, you’ve no doubt discovered that some of them will try to fly over the fence and escape. This isn’t because they want to run away, but because they’re curious about the rest of your yard (or about your neighbor’s yard). They probably hope to find more food, and who could blame them?
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However, we can’t just let our chickens go roaming the countryside. The solution is to clip their wings. This makes some people a little squeamish as they’re afraid of hurting their chickens. However, as long as you do it properly, your chickens won’t feel a thing.
Although I said wings, plural, technically I meant wing, singular. If you clip just one wing, that will throw the chicken off balance so it can’t get enough lift to fly over a fence. You’ll want to make sure you cut through the long, hollow quills, which chickens can’t feel.
To make sure you do this properly, watch this video by Becky’s Homestead. She demonstrates exactly how to clip chicken wings.