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Clipping wings...

Postby jojomonkey » Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:38 pm

Hi there,
I have 2 Araucanas and a Rhode Island Red and they are all becoming very adventurous!! They are around 16 weeks old. Today I attempted to clip one of the Araucanas wings, but when I got to the two feathers at the top of the set of the primary flight feathers (closest to her head) they started to bleed. The bleeding didn't last long (thank goodness! My children and I were totally traumatised!) but I am now terrified to try the other two.
I did it exactly the way I saw on every video I watched and after A LOT of research. However, I'm now wondering if they don't have their adult feathers yet... would this be the case?
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Re: Clipping wings...

Postby Marina » Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:16 am

Maybe the feathers weren't fully developed yet. It's better to clip only one wing than clipping both - it's more effective as they can't steer properly.

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Re: Clipping wings...

Postby wolga » Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:48 am

Your birds are going through their last moult before they become adults.
I would wait a bit longer and let them finish their moult before I would
clip their wings. Young birds are always a bit more active. But they will
settle down a lot once they start laying. Especially the Araucanas. Are
yours lavenders ?
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