little woods homestead

Unexpected Nesting = Clipped Wings


My chickens have started flying the coop, literally. They’ve figured out how to hop over the fence, well, hop fly. And unknown to me, the decrease in egg production was actually them just preferring a more natural nesting environment.

It was kind of fun finding them there as I was bush-whacking the old garden plot. But, they are also getting into the garden and eating all my everything. And they can also fly over the fence and get into the neighbor’s yard. One day, he found one in the garage.

This weekend, Jason and I finally did what we had been avoiding and clipped all their wings. We followed the instructions from this video and it went without a snap.

It was quick and painless for the us and the chickens. Though they are annoyed they can’t fly the coop anymore.

Hope you had some fun adventures in the backyard this weekend too!
Kristin

2 thoughts on “Unexpected Nesting = Clipped Wings

  1. I know what you mean!  I think chickens are a little smarter than we give them credit for, as mine have figured ways out of the coop many times.  (I am also pretty sure my dog lets them out sometimes, too!)  I have found the occasional egg in the yard.  And I have also given up on a garden this year in the backyard, as they have massacred it so very many times!  Currently working on a new set-up to try and take back the yard. :)

  2. I don’t know if they are smart so much as persistant :) Thankfully they left the tomatoes, peas, egg plants, peppers, garlic, shallots, and leeks alone – and most the herbs. Rosemary, basil, parsley, any kind of leafy greens really, were completely eaten to the ground. Oh and all the strawberries – the chop the little green ones right off! I’m just going to assume they are trying to help me establish the roots :)

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