"How To Pick Up And Hold A Chicken Correctly"


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Knowing how to pick up and hold your hens correctly is something you are going to need to learn to do.

You will handle your chickens quite a lot - to check for mites which should be done regularily; to clip their wings (done once a year) or just to give them a cuddle.

Making sure you hold them correctly is important. Take a look at the video below.


How To Clip Your Chicken Wings


Clipping the wing of a hen is the most common and easiest method of controlling their flight.

It simply involves using a SHARP pair of scissors and cutting off the first ten flight feathers of one wing.

If done correctly wing clipping doesn't hurt the bird at all. It's not even noticeable when they are walking around as the primary flying feathers are hidden underneath when the wings are folded.

You only clip 1 wing as this causes your bird to lack the balance needed for flight. You will need to repeat this after each molt as new feathers will grow to replace the ones you have cut off.

It may be easier to have someone help you especially if this is your first time. All you need to do if pick up your hen and carefully spread one wing so the primary flight feathers are clearly visible. Then with a sharp pair of scissors cut above the line of smaller feathers.

Take a look at the video below


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