Lately we've had an escapee hen who insists on flying over the feathernet fencing and pecking at the tiger lilies, de-worming the garden, and scratching piles of compost out of the bin. Our initial concern was predators, but now that I've planted some of the garden, we don't want her nipping at the young plants. So after doing some research, we decided to clip her wings.
|Our Lone Ranger, after a romp in the compost bin.|
|Byron chases down the culprit...|
|...and calms her down after we clipped her wing.|
|Here is the wing I clipped (yes, I was still in my pajamas when she got out on Sunday morning).|
|She's pretty calm after we clipped the second wing.|
Right now we're researching whether or not it's okay to clip more of the longer feathers. We clipped only that initial "set" of feathers on each side, as was shown on the video. This doesn't hurt the chicken at all, but it's not keeping her from flying. If you have any input, I'd love to hear!
|Homemade seesaw. I'm in the background, painting the roof of the shed. Note to self: avoid painting corrugated metal, if at all possible, in the future.|
|My butterfly catcher!|