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If you were stuck in one little backyard for most of your life, you’d probably get pretty bored. You might think, What’s on the other side of that fence? Maybe some fresh juicy bugs! Well, you wouldn’t think that last part, but you see what I’m getting at. Chickens get bored, too, and they very curious. So if your fence is too low (about six feet or less), at some point they’re going to try flying over it.
Obviously, this could be a big problem. You don’t want to be chasing down chickens or having to apologize to your neighbors. The solution: clip your chickens’ wings. All you have to do is clip one of their wings, and that will throw off their balance enough so that they can’t fly. But don’t just jump in and start hacking away at them! There is a right way to do this.
You want to be gentle and careful so that you don’t cut their wings too short and draw blood. If you do it properly, there won’t be any pain, just like when you get a haircut. In this article. The Homesteading Hippy explains step by step how to clip your chickens’ wings.