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I recently got some young bantam Cochins & put them in a playpen with some Silkies about the same age. The next time I came out to check on them, the Cochins flew up & perched on the top of the pen to greet me.  It was really cute but it also presents a problem.  During the summer I like to make moveable Silkie pens out of circles of wire.  The 24" height works fine for the Silkies but obviously isn't going to contain the little Cochins.  What height will I need for them?  Also, might be getting some standards. I was hoping they would be too heavy to fly but now I'm wondering. What height wire will they require?  Also, recommended roost height for each, or do they prefer to bundle like the Silkies?
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post #2 of 11

My bantam cochin flew up abut 5 feet. Since they dont have tails, they can fly much much better than a regular chicken. i would suggest you keep them covered. I know your systm, i do the same, it would be hard to cover.

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post #3 of 11

I've seen my standard cochin fly as high as 4'. They -as you probably know- fly higher when they are still young and weigh less. If you really want them contained, you might consider a top for your pens.

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post #4 of 11

Bantam cochins will jump around 6 inches higher than you want them to.  wink

Mine will go over a 4 foot fence easily.  I imagine they could do another foot, or maybe more if motivated.  A covered pen is always best, especially to keep predators out.

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post #5 of 11

hmm mine have never been able to fly very well at all mine couldnt even get on their roost. Hmm good luck!

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post #6 of 11

I have 2 baby cochins. One is 12 weeks old the other is 9 weeks old. I watched the 9 week old baby fly 15 ft high up into our treehouse today then from there onto the roof of our house. So needless to say we are also putting a roof on our chicken run area

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My bantam cochin rooster can fly pretty well. I've seen him fly up about 6 feet high. He loves to fly up on top of the chicken pen door and crow. 


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post #8 of 11

well I dont have cochins but I highly recommend a top for your pen espeicially for those two breeds because from what I understand and not very good at avoiding hawks

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post #9 of 11

I have five bantam cochins, four hens and a rooster. He can fly fairly well, but the hens seem to struggle to make the roost which is about 3' off the ground. I have one hen that will frequently fly to the top of the feeder then to the roost. They are cool chickens.

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post #10 of 11

I've found that if you clip a wing from a young age, they'll be less inclined to fly as adults. They probably think they can't and so give up trying.

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