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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by N F C, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    Our 2 RIR chicks just flew to the top ledge of the brooder (it's about 48" high). Is this something just particular to RIR's or should we expect to see our BR and EE's free-ranging in the living room along with the other 2 escapees soon?

    We really didn't expect to see this until they were older!

  2. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Songster

    Aug 4, 2013
    Mine usually do it within a week. They fly onto the waterer then onto the edge. If you want to keep them contained you should look into higher walls for the brooder or some cheap deer or bird netting over the top.
  3. Hinotori

    Hinotori Silver Feathers Premium Member

    Apr 27, 2011
    Graham, WA
    I always make sure there is a wire cover on my brooder. Chicks learn to use their wings very quickly when the feathers start coming in.
  4. Wunjo

    Wunjo Songster

    Oct 13, 2013
    Monticello, Ky
    Yep that will happen. We had ours in a short brooder and every time I would open the lid to feed them they would start flying up at me. Some would escape and some would just fall off my arms and back in. I would suggest a screen over the top or multiple screens depending on the size of your brooder.
  5. chickenlindz

    chickenlindz Songster

    Oct 5, 2013
    I had an Easter egger fly at less than a week to the top of the waterer. And it wasn't a hop!! It was a true flight and probably would have flown out if she wanted to.
  6. Nothing un-usual and I put a wire screen on top
    so everyone and observe the growth and activity
    of the new ones with out them getting out and
    causing havoc [​IMG]

    gander007 [​IMG]

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