We had given my daughter, Kaitlyn Soroka a baby turkey to go with her new laying hens chicks. Snowflake, their Royal Palm hen was really getting the hang of her wings. She was getting braver by the day to explore her territory, including the roof of their house. Time to do a little wing trimming to prevent her escape.
Wing Trimming Quick Tip
Philip created a quick training video to show Kaitlyn how to trim her bird’s wing.
While most people refer to it as “trimming a bird’s wing”, the wing itself is not cut, only the feathers. We only trim one wing to upset the bird’s flight balance which prevents them from trying to fly. Important note, cutting both wing feathers would not prevent flying, the birds can still achieve balance in flight.
Turkeys can also jump really high, so Snowflake may not be discouraged regardless of getting her wing trimmed.
About the Author: Barbra-Sue Kowalski grew up on a small hobby farm. She was always drawn to farm life, however, she was stuck in an urban life far from her roots. Barbra-Sue was a single mom for 13 years, raising her 3 children on her own. She met Philip in 2018 and they married in 2021. Between the two of them, they have 5 grown children and 4 grandchildren. These empty nesters are following their dreams! As they both turn 50, they are building their off-grid homestead to live the life that they dream about. Learn more about Philip and Barbra-Sue here. Contact them here. To leave a comment on this post, please scroll down.