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how high can silkie jump?

post #1 of 7
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I am about to start breeding silkies and will have to start dividing my coop. How high should I make the dividers? I hope its low enough where I can jump/walk over. My mom babysits and has these little kid dividers so the kids dont go down the stairs that are about 2 1/2 feet high and I can easily walk over that.

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post #2 of 7

I Don't have any silkie feathered birds, but the adverage bantam can jump about 2 feet when not using its wings. Be safe at 3 feet.


Edited by CalebtheChicken - 8/7/10 at 8:43pm
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post #3 of 7

I use 3' chicken wire to keep my silkies seperated. No one has jumped the fence yet.....

Me & Hubby with our first child, a daughter born on August 27th 2011.  1 dog, 1 cat and SQ silkies in Black, Buff, Splash, White, and Blue. Along with a barnyard mix of large fowl. Oh, and 1 hermit crab..
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Me & Hubby with our first child, a daughter born on August 27th 2011.  1 dog, 1 cat and SQ silkies in Black, Buff, Splash, White, and Blue. Along with a barnyard mix of large fowl. Oh, and 1 hermit crab..
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post #4 of 7

Most silkies can be confined by a 2' barricade.  But here is always one...I used to have a silkie roo whose roost of choice was atop a 4' tall loosely strung wire fence.  Now silkies shouldn't be able to jump or "fly" that high, and supposedly chickens of all sizes and feather types can be contained by a loosely strung wire fence.  My flock never learned that "rule," and Stormy never learned that he was not supposed to be able to hop up that high.  No, he had no ladder or other help.  Straight up frm the ground, sway wildly for a couple of minutes, then he was set for the night.

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Breeder & Exhibitor of fine silkies in recognized and project varieties.
adult and started pairs occasionally available;
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post #5 of 7

3ft would work fine. Silkies cannot fly, or jump very high

You haven't seen a tree until you've seen it's shadow from the sky. --Amelia Earhart

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You haven't seen a tree until you've seen it's shadow from the sky. --Amelia Earhart

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post #6 of 7

Then there are the couple who used to roost on a 5' shelf in one of my coops.  No ladder.  There was a 3' high shelf that they may have used for access.

Breeder & Exhibitor of fine silkies in recognized and project varieties.
adult and started pairs occasionally available;
   No eggs or chicks. 
Support your local poultry clubs, breed clubs, ABA & APA!

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Breeder & Exhibitor of fine silkies in recognized and project varieties.
adult and started pairs occasionally available;
   No eggs or chicks. 
Support your local poultry clubs, breed clubs, ABA & APA!

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post #7 of 7

I have one that can flap/jump to four feet. Have had another that could do the same thing. Got rid of one and still have the other but he's getting long in the tooth and doesn't do it any more.

Robin
Summertown, TN
TN State Rep for the American Silkie Bantam Club
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