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Animal welfare
Pinioning non-agricultural birds
  1. Nigel Gibbens
  1. Chief Veterinary Officer, Defra, Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR
  1. e-mail: nigel.gibbens{at}

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DEFRA and the RCVS have been approached recently to clarify whether existing legislation permits pinioning of non-agricultural birds by lay people.

Pinioning involves removing the distal wing portion usually up to the carpometacarpal joint, to prevent flight permanently. It is recommended that this is performed on chicks two to three days after hatching, before the supporting bone hardens and at a …

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