Are they supposed to fly?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by futurefarmer08, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. futurefarmer08

    futurefarmer08 Songster

    Nov 29, 2008
    near Sac. Ca
    Hi Everyone,
    Just a quick and maybe silly question. My BC Marans chicks are 1 week. They have wing feathers and they are running about in their brooder and trying to fly. (so cute) [​IMG] Are they just exercising? Also, I know heat is very important to their health and development. Should I put them in another bigger brooder box? They are in one now that is 3 and a half feet long and about a foot high and 2 feet wide. There are only 4. I am expecting a lot more to hatch on Sunday though. [​IMG] That will mean putting the brooder temp back to a warmer climate. There is a spot for them to get away from the heat but I think I will have to have 2 brooder boxes. Any advice? Are my chicks going to be flyers? Or are they just exercising? Thanks in advance. [​IMG]
  2. tackyrama

    tackyrama Songster

    Aug 14, 2008
    Central Minnesota USA
    I have meat birds and they fly pretty good too. My brooder ended up almost 3 feet high before they couldn't get out and before I took them out of the brooder. It sounds like you have enough space depending on how many more you get.
  3. miss jay's mama

    miss jay's mama In the Brooder

    Sep 9, 2008
    northeast PA
    Chickens can fly just not very well. However they actually fly better when they are younger/lighter. It will be a little while before your chicks are flying though I can't remember how old mine were when they started escaping from their brooder. I think they were around 4-6wks old. Good luck with your chicks
  4. futurefarmer08

    futurefarmer08 Songster

    Nov 29, 2008
    near Sac. Ca
    Good to know! Makes sense that they can lift off because they are lighter. I may move them to a different brooder area:idunno
  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    Mine started trying about that age and they fly quite well now. Just not very far or for too long.
  6. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    yep, they'll zoom around fluttering. they're practicing for all sorts of stuff. probably like any other animal, learning to escape predators.

    if you can put some chicken wire or something similar on top of the brooder, it will help keep then in.
  7. arabookworm

    arabookworm Songster

    Oct 27, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    well, if mine are any indication, chickens are pretty good flyers. at 4 weeks old, they escape as soon as the cover is taken off the brooder. watching my older brother, who professes to hate them, chase them around the house over the break was hilarious. I might set them loose on purpose next time just for kicks [​IMG]
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Mine flutter around in their brooder. They are so cute.
  9. futurefarmer08

    futurefarmer08 Songster

    Nov 29, 2008
    near Sac. Ca
    Thanks everyone! Yeah, they are so cute! They are so proud of their new feathers and the fact that they can fly! They will cheap loudly until I come in their room and then they show me they can fly. I am amazed at how much they are able to do at such a young age. We do have chicken wire over the top of their cage. Yesterday we went in and found one of them sitting on top of the water jar. Like look what I can do.
    LOL:clap at your brother chasing them around the house!! They are pretty good at escaping.

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