Are chickens smart enough to stay out of a backyard campfire?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Xephyr, Nov 30, 2014.

  1. Xephyr

    Xephyr In the Brooder

    Sep 30, 2014
    So my backyard has chickens.
    Also my backyard has a campfire pit so we can pretend we are camping.
    Would the chickens be smart enough to stay away from it if lit?
    I wouldn't want one to leap and fly into it .
  2. MistyMountain

    MistyMountain Songster

    Aug 24, 2013
    I suppose every chicken is different, but we have brush fires here while the chickens free range. They show interest in it before it is lit-- it is a good place to look for goodies-- and sometimes even while it is lit. I have yet to have one offer to cook itself for dinner, though. They seem to understand the danger. [​IMG]
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I've also never had a chicken roast itself. I'd only be concerned with one maybe wanting to scratch through the ashes while they were still warm, but if you douse the fire well that shouldn't be an issue. Clean the ashes out of the pit and put them in the coop or run for the birds to dust bathe in, they'll help deter external parasites.
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    X 2 - if you use the pit during the day I would just keep an eye on things between the end of the fire and the chickens going to bed. Fires at night would be no biggie as the birds will be up for the night and the ash will be cooled before they are up and about the next day. The only concern with them wanting to dust in it is possible mess as they can do quite a bit of flinging and scattering as they dust bathe. Depending on where your pit is located this may or may not be an issue for you.
  5. 3ChickensNADuck

    3ChickensNADuck In the Brooder

    May 30, 2013
    Lakewood, CA
    my birds free range and I light a fire pit sometimes. they're smart enough to stay away. some are curious and walk by the fire others don't like it and do kind of a chicken call.
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I've burned lots of brush, often 2 days in a row and can usually start the 2nd day fire from hot coals left over night.

    If I free ranged, I'd put a temp circle of welded wire fence sitting around the coals just to be sure.

    Might not be the same scenario as some, but just my experience.
  7. Wattles7

    Wattles7 In the Brooder

    Jun 14, 2015
    At the coop
    Yes, they know that it is hot and it would hurt. They will not go in it.

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