Clip wing feathers on turkeys

Posted by: wasJojo

Clip wing feathers on turkeys - 07/30/11 03:14 AM

Hi, all!
This year, I got talked into getting heritage turkeys along with my BBs. They fly over my fencing! They are about 7 weeks. Can I clip wing feathers now, or will that hurt them because the feathers are still growing?
Am also open to other suggestions.
Posted by: Wieslaw

Re: Clip wing feathers on turkeys - 07/30/11 05:56 AM

Clipping feathers does not hurt the birds. There are no nerves in the part of the feather which is above the skin. It is enough to clip on one wing so that the bird will lose the balance while flying up. Try out on one first. If you observe that the wing has the tendency to slide down, then I think it might be better to let some of the outermost feathers stay.
Posted by: Wieslaw

Re: Clip wing feathers on turkeys - 07/30/11 05:20 PM

But I want to add, that clipping the feathers makes the birds defenceless against a potential predator, as they are much easier to catch. I would rather consider (if possible) to cover the area with some kind of net or alike.
Posted by: Jo Jo

Re: Clip wing feathers on turkeys - 01/17/12 10:21 AM

Thanks - I clipped them, but due to the young age, they were in constant feather-changing, and I couldnt keep up with the clipping. I ended up just letting them all out of the pen and into the back yard (fenced.) It didnt seem fair to keep the BBs penned up while the others wandered.
Posted by: Smooth Mule

Re: Clip wing feathers on turkeys - 04/06/12 01:20 PM

I traded a young tom for a hen and I noticed one of her wings was "short". Looks to me like they took off part of the wing on one side. No issues with her flying but definitely going to keep her penned up and safe
Posted by: jonnydot

Re: Clip wing feathers on turkeys - 08/30/12 08:49 AM

As long as one wing is at a shorter length to the other it make "flying: off balance but it can still be achieved albiet ugly,turkeys require a fence of no less than 1.6 meters even with clippd wings