At what age do chickies start "flying"?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AllChookUp, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    I'm picking up 11 Buff Orpington and Gold-Laced Wyandotte chicks TODAY!

    They will be about 2 & 1/2 weeks old when I have to leave for a trip (for 2 weeks). [​IMG]

    I have a nice large brooder set up, with a decent run area; 6'x10'.

    I have some wonderful neighbors who will be babysitting the chickies.

    My question is, at what age are the chicks able to fly? The run area is fenced about 6 feet high, but not covered with wire fencing. Do I need to worry about the chicks flying around by the time I home, when they will be about 4 & 1/2 weeks old? I wouldn't think so, but like so many here, I'm a first-timer at raising chicks.
  2. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    I have 1 weekers that can get up about 6 inches. My 3 weekers can fly up to about 2ft. I have 2 foot walls on my brooder box, and they like to perch on the edge. I ended up putting a screen over the box to keep them in. You may want to put some bird netting over the run just to be on the safe side. I didn't expect my girls to be flying as high as they have been yet, and you don't want anything to happen while you're gone. Every time I think I'm getting to know my chicks they pull a fast one on me! [​IMG]

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  3. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    I have 2 EE babies in the house right now that are 2 weeks old and they fly up and out of the brooder. I have 11 babies out side ages ranging from 6 weeks to 11 weeks and none of them fly up and out. The are in a 10 x 10 for right now. I don't let them out if I am not here to supervise, thy are getting pretty good. I would just make sure you over the top of the run with some netting to keep airial preditors out. 2 1/2 weeks old, they are still very tiny. I wouldn't worry too much about them flying out, but what could fly in. Good luck!!!! I hope you have a great trip!!

    Oh and [​IMG]

    I almost forgot...#1 rule.....We MUST get pics!!! ASAP!!! LOL
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2008
  4. booboo0712

    booboo0712 In the Brooder

    May 8, 2008
    North west Pa
    My 1 week olds are getting up about 8 inches
  5. robinaggie

    robinaggie Flew the Coop

    May 25, 2008
    My less-than-one-week old Buff Orps are "jump flying" about two feet when I put them out to play in the grass.
  6. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    Thanks, Becca and Sonja - Food for thought.

    We are looking forward to the trip to MT & WY. My wonderful wife needs a break. [​IMG]
  7. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    Oh, and BTW - Pics will be posted tomorrow morning!
  8. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    Have fun out west! We used to live in MN. Took one trip to CO, and were hooked!
  9. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    Thanks - My goal is to live in western Montana. I love MN, but there's nothing like the mountains. I love central CO, too.
  10. mylilchix

    mylilchix Songster

    All of our family is in the Twin Cities area. We live in the front range foothills outside of Denver now. LOVE the mountains. We get the convenience of having a big city, but we live on some acreage, have amazing views, and can't see any neighbors! Gotta love it! Enjoy your trip.

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