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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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100 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Silkies, Malay, and assorted others. Studying poultry genetics and the Standard of Perfection. 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.

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

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

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

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

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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