I created this simple YouTube video with the help of one of my expert chicken keepers to demonstrate how we clip wings at our farm. You may be asking: why would anyone want to clip a chicken’s wings? Does it hurt? Do they grow back? Let’s take a quick look . . .
Why would anyone do this?
If you have a jail-breaking chicken like I do this is an easy question to answer. Clipping a chicken’s wings makes it harder, if not impossible, for it to fly high. It’s still able to jump and use its wings for short distances, but it’ll be less likely to jump over that 5-foot fence into the neighbor’s yard and into potential predator-infested areas.
Does it hurt the chicken?
No. Wings are made of the same material as your fingernails. If you cut too low on the wing it will hurt, just like cutting too low on your fingernails. Correct clipping shouldn’t hurt your chickens, but they may wiggle a bunch trying to get away. Having a helper will make this job easier.
Do the wings grow back?
Yes. You’ll need to reclip every 6-8 weeks if your chicken still has a desire to flee their safety perimeter. Some birds may only need one clipping to learn that life is better on the safer side of the fence, but other birds tend to be a bit more stubborn.
The bottom line is: don’t be afraid to do what is necessary to ensure the safety of your flock. Everything likes chickens, so we chicken tenders need to do what we can to protect them. Wing clipping is a safe and effective method of flock control.