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Will Cornish Cross chickens flutter up a chicken ladder and jump 18" to roost?

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Our coop is raised about 2 ft on legs, and we have a chicken ladder leading up into it.  Our other chickens flutter or jump up using the ladder no problem.  They also jump 18" to reach the roost bar.  Can Cornish Cross handle these two challenges?  Thanks!

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As younger birds they might climb up the ladder but I would expect that to stop around 6-8 weeks of age. However, they lack both the inclination and agility to roost any more than perhaps 4" off the ground.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Agreed.  They are designed for quick growth and then processing.  Their bone structure does well to support their weight in their daily activities.  A wide roost, laid on the flat, close to the ground might be appreciated by them.  Any thing more would be too difficult, IMO.  However, given the appropriate management, they are good foragers, and will remain active, not laying around by the feed trough in a pile of poo, as many folks complain about them being prone to do.

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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