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My son just asked me if chickens can swim?  I have an above ground pool and we are wanting to know if a chicken fly's into the water will it swim or do we have a new problem to think about?

I have 7 BO 3 RIR , 3 WLH, and now added 4 more BO, 3 more RIR, 2 Dominique and 4 Americana.  4 boys(children) 3 grand kids and  one on the way 1 husband. Loving live
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I have 7 BO 3 RIR , 3 WLH, and now added 4 more BO, 3 more RIR, 2 Dominique and 4 Americana.  4 boys(children) 3 grand kids and  one on the way 1 husband. Loving live
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Originally Posted by Motherof4 

My son just asked me if chickens can swim?  I have an above ground pool and we are wanting to know if a chicken fly's into the water will it swim or do we have a new problem to think about?


no they cant swim if they try they will drown

post #3 of 16

No.

Casey, mom to five kiddos, plus horses/ponies/mules, dogs, cats, goats, a lizard, fish, frogs, turtles, a tortoise, and, of course, CHICKENS.  Oh, and ducks.  Working on practicing "sustainable microfarming."

Not all who wander are lost.

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Casey, mom to five kiddos, plus horses/ponies/mules, dogs, cats, goats, a lizard, fish, frogs, turtles, a tortoise, and, of course, CHICKENS.  Oh, and ducks.  Working on practicing "sustainable microfarming."

Not all who wander are lost.

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No, though if they're close to the edge and it's not too high they'll fly/lunge out. One of mine fell into the septic when we were having it pumped last summer sickbyc and she made it out before I could rescue her--Thank goodness, 'cause I wasn't looking forward to grabbing a hold of her!

post #5 of 16

Like everyone else has said, no.  If the chicken lands somewhat close to edge, then it might be able to flap itself out, but won't be able to stay above water for long.

Running a mini-farm with multiple fluffy hens, two overly furry cats, and one lazy pit bull.

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Running a mini-farm with multiple fluffy hens, two overly furry cats, and one lazy pit bull.

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post #6 of 16

Chickens can swim, but it can only last a few minutes give or take until the oil washes off i believe. I remember seeing a barred rock in a in ground pool swimming around while people sprayed him with the water hose. It proved they can swim, but caused some trouble on the forum due to the people angry about it due to cruelty. It's on youtube if you wanna try to look it up?

-Daniel.


Edited by DTchickens - 4/3/10 at 5:39pm

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Fourth generation poultry breeder focusing on Kraienköppe- the breed that won my heart and replaced all others on my farm.
http://www.freewebs.com/dtsfowl/

 

Interested in poultry showing? Live in Mississippi or a nearby state? Check out the Mississippi Poultry Show Club

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Originally Posted by DTchickens 

Chickens can swim, but it can only last a few minutes give or take until the oil washes off i believe. I remember seeing a barred rock in a in ground pool swimming around while people sprayed him with the water hose. It proved they can swim, but caused some trouble on the forum due to the people angry about it due to cruelty. It's on youtube if you wanna try to look it up?

-Daniel.


Good god, that's terrible!

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.
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Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.
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post #8 of 16

A neighbor of mine uses an old porcelian over steel bathtub for watering animals such as goats, sheep, etc.

When he is out-of-town, I sometimes feed his critters.

One of his chickens apparently flew into the tub.

I found it dead drowned the following morning.

NOPE. Chickens ain't made for swimmin'.

-Junkmanme- old

post #9 of 16

a chicken might be able to flop and lurch enough to get to an edge and then crawl or jump out of something like a pond. a swimming pool or deep tall sided water trough...no they will struggle till they eventualy drown.

post #10 of 16

I'm not the OP but thanks for posting...I always wondered this!  If you all have a pool how do you keep your birds out?  A fence???

Chickens are one of God's best creations! Two buff orps, one OEGB, two EE, two barred rocks and one black australorp!  Whoo hoo!  I"m officially The Crazy Chicken Lady and lovin it!
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Chickens are one of God's best creations! Two buff orps, one OEGB, two EE, two barred rocks and one black australorp!  Whoo hoo!  I"m officially The Crazy Chicken Lady and lovin it!
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