Are chickens afraid of heights?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Ernie, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. Ernie

    Ernie Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm putting the finishing touches on my coop and the door from the elevated house to the attached run is about 4' off the ground. I'll be building a ramp for them, but I'm hoping it's not too high for my silkies. Should I do one straight run, or have a landing to make a switchback? Will I need to install an elevator? [​IMG]
     
  2. Daisygirl

    Daisygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With what my girls do, I think that chickens are NOT afraid of heights [​IMG]
    However, from what I hear, silkies can be a titch unpredictable [​IMG] so mabe better to be safe than sorry. Or you could just try them out by putting a perch in your brooder at 4'' high - - I'm assuming they're chicks at the moment?
     
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  3. Suechick

    Suechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, go for the elevator! [​IMG]
    And please post pictures.
    Sorry, I have nothing useful to add, I'm new to chickens too. Mine are just 2 1/2 weeks old.
    I have a 1 x 2 in the brooder that they can hop up on. So far only the larger ones do. I have a silkie but it hasn't tried the roost yet as far as I've seen.
     
  4. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Umm... I don't think so, my EE hens enjoy flying up and roosting on top of their chicken house... its probably about 15ft tall.
     
  5. Daisygirl

    Daisygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It's getting down that may be in question - - do they nosedive like my girls?
    Sorry 'bout this being off topic [​IMG]
     
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  6. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Silkies can't fly, can they? I thought they lacked barbs/barbules on their feathers.

    4 feet would not be anything for a flighted bird; not sure about one that can't fly, though.
     
  7. Ernie

    Ernie Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everybody, I guess I'm just worried about the silkies tumbling down the ramp from that height. I think I'm going to make it extra wide and not very steep to make sure they can make it up AND down without any problems. I'm thinking of putting up a guard rail to help them out as well [​IMG] I'm sure our EE won't have any problems with it regardless.
     

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