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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 1:49 pm 
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I have a lavender arcana which is driving me mad. We have a lovely fenced in area for 4 chickens to run around and it hops over the 1.2m fence to scratch up my vegies. I have clipped one of its wings but I'm obviously being too kind as it hasn't affected its rampages. :roll: Can anyone help me save my vegetable patch?


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1.2 metres will not stop an agile bird, even with a clipped wing. Many birds can jump this height with minimum wing assistance. Clipping ONE wing will only make a bird off balanced to attain flight over high fences, or roosting in tall trees. I would first make sure that ONE wing has all the flight feathers removed (both secondary and primary feathers cut very close to the skin). Then if it still doesn't work, I would extend your fence, or replace your rooster for one that is less agile. :D Let us know how you solve the problem :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 11:11 am 
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I shall give the wing clipping another go. If that doesn't work I will reluctantly extend the fences. My husband suggested barbed wire :? Thanks for your help. I will let you know results :)


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Hi di-maggs, I can sympothise with you. I have about 30 chooks, most of them are well behaved, but I always get 5 or 6 'hudinis' whom I can never keep in, no matter how high my fences. Even though they freerange in about 10 acres of orchards and olive groves theres always a few to whom the grass is always greener on the other side, the other side being my gardens and vegi patch.
I have also tried a barb wire type idea on top of fences.......the chooks just laughed at me and still got out.
I go to other peoples places and see their chook runs with just 4 or 5 foot fences and they say they never have probs with chooks escaping. Makes ya sick!!
Eventually ya just learn to live with it.


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Ok, as promised here is the photo sequence for clipping a ducks wings.... I hope I haven't forgotten anything.... thanks to my dear brother for the marvelous *COUGH COUGH* photography.... he took them all on "snow moe" so i had to edit them so you could actually see what i am doing! Was fun non the less....

I hope it all makes sense.....

Firstly, get yourself a sharp pair of scissos. These are kitchen shears that mum uses for cutting meat with bones an stuff..... shhhh, she will never know....... :wink:

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Round the unsuspecting victims into there pen so that it is easier to catch each bird seperately without causing too much panic...

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Pick your victim......... Pictured here is the ever so cooperative Matilda

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Here is the unclipped wing...

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I find it easiest to clamp the duck between my legs with her head facing out backwards, you can use your knees to steady her and they will usually settle long enough to snip the feathers quickly. Only take off 8ish feathers about halfway down.

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You can also hold the bird like this but it can be hard to extend the wing unassisted. You can see here how much of the feather has been removed..

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It is pretty straight forward. I hope it is useful :D :D :D


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Ohhh, and excuse the flannelette shirt...

:oops:

And remeber to only clip one wing :)


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Very interesting.
Thank you.

I do it differently.
I take all the feathers off one wing just like this handy photo I found in the gallery:

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I find it best to choose one wing and do the same side on all my birds.
And I use the exact same scissors as you.
Except they are mine, I just don't tell the rest of the family what else I do with them :shock:

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great pics guys, im sure people will find them useful... :wink:


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Excellent pics guys! Love the flannel shirt too :lol: :lol:

NellyG

PS I tend to clip more like Lucy's photo - take of as much as I can. Some can still fly if you just take off the first few!

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Not my photo!
HBG edited it.
Don't know whose it is originally.
Maybe BB?

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Well done Flogs...

That makes it all much easier to see and should be very helpful.

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NellyG wrote:
Excellent pics guys! Love the flannel shirt too :lol: :lol:

NellyG

PS I tend to clip more like Lucy's photo - take of as much as I can. Some can still fly if you just take off the first few!


Well thanks, i have a secret collection of mens shirts.... bit of a fetish hehehe....

I guess with Mussies's being a heavier breed they are a little easier to keep grounded.


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Yes - that is true Flogs. I hadn't thought of it that way! :lol: Mine mosty only need clipping in their first year. They get too heavy after that.

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I had clipped Gary's wing the same as Flogs has shown...

I DID initially question the "hows" etc...

I have previously clipped the wings of small parrots (Cockatiels and Budgies) several times, and know the idea and dynamics behind how it works, however, with the more 'ornamental birds' we always left the first two or three flight feathers in tact, for asthetic purposes, as it does interfere with the wing line and make them look 'odd' if the whole wing is clipped, but then trim all the way along as per HBG's suggested diagram...
I wasnt worried about the asthetics of my Mussies, but more the ability to gather wind and get above ground...so chose to clip ALL the primary flight feathers and not worry about the rest...as per Flogs' post...

Seems to have slowed him down considerably !

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Flogs wrote:
NellyG wrote:
Excellent pics guys! Love the flannel shirt too :lol: :lol:

NellyG

PS I tend to clip more like Lucy's photo - take of as much as I can. Some can still fly if you just take off the first few!


Well thanks, i have a secret collection of mens shirts.... bit of a fetish hehehe....

I guess with Mussies's being a heavier breed they are a little easier to keep grounded.


AND, i just realised that this really didn't sound the way i intended.... all my shirts are ones that i have bought myself..... clean and new etc...... as opposed to a creepy ex BF tally kinda thing.... just needed to clear that up in case it sounded wrong.....


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