Wing Clipping 101
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By Bobbi Brinker
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Author of "For the Love of Greys"
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Gently lift the flight clear of the under-wing coverts and clip the shaft (nearest the body) where the feather barbules begin. Be careful not to clip the coverts. The under-wing coverts are a row of short feathers that cover the base of the flights on the underside of the wing.

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A blood feather. Notice the large swollen shaft.  NEVER cut the soft swollen blood-filled portion of the living blood feather. 

Gently pinch the shaft (starting at the end of the flight farthest from the body) to make sure the shaft is hard and mature. The portion of the flight feather where the shaft is HARD and mature can be clipped to avoid breaking during vigorous play or from an awkward landing. 

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