above image is a 3 step view clipping a Mallard's wing.
either wing, use sharp scissors or tin cutters to do the job. You need only to
clip one to keep the bird grounded.
obtain a complete trim as in figure 3, cut each shaft of the 10 primary
feathers just under the primary coverts. Leave intact the secondary feathers to
maintain a natural appearance and/or to preserve the beauty of ducks with colored
speculums. Take your time, and be neat about it.
2 exhibits an optional partial trim that will still keep the bird grounded.
This trim leaves the two outer primaries intact to maintain two even points while
the bird has both wings closed.
you wish to keep your birds from flight, you only need to clip once a year. Observe
your bird's molt each summer, as waterfowl drop all their flight feathers in early
to mid summer; growing a new set by late summer through early fall. Pen your birds
prior to the completion of new growth so they don't fly while attempting to catch
them. Avoid clipping too soon, as there is blood within the casing of the feather
shaft closest to the wing. If not ready to trim, the feather shaft will resemble
the ink tube of a ball point pen.
is a list of common breeds kept by waterfowl enthusiasts. *Certain
birds may have limited flight ability that would allow for short ventures beyond
No Need to Clip
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Exhibition (dewlap) Toulouse