baby chicks trying to fly?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by red123, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. red123

    red123 New Egg

    Feb 1, 2012
    i just got my chicks on monday from the tractor supply store and i dont know if they are one week old or 2, or even 3 weeks old? the setup i have them in does not have a top on it and they are starting jump/fly and get on top of there feeder and water jug. should they be doing that yet? and bout hold are they?
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Can't tell you how old they are without looking at them, or at pictures of them. But chicks will want to start to fly within a week. They get better at it as each day goes along. Three week old chicks can easily flap themselves "in flight" out of most brooders with walls less than 3 feet tall. They often get onto their feeders or waterers as a launching point to jump to the edges of brooder bins.

    Perfectly normal behavior. :D
  3. CarrieNH

    CarrieNH New Egg

    Mar 27, 2012
    Eastern NH
    I'm new to chickens but mine are 2-3 weeks old and they are certainly flapping their new wings! They haven't yet gotten on top of their tall feeder or waterer but they like to jump around and can fly a good 6-8 inches before coming back down.
  4. CamiLynn

    CamiLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2012
    Southern Mississippi
    Mine are 2 to 3 weeks old and are doing the same and my bantam chick is flying much higher than the standard size ones. Time to get a top [​IMG]
  5. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2011
    mine are two weeks old and flying to the top of the brooder.its three foot tall .and i do have a top on it.i have to keep my eyes on them when i'am feedind and watering them.also they are starting to pick on one nother .hubby is in the process of building another chicken coop.
  6. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2011
  7. gotpotbellypig

    gotpotbellypig Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2012
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    Chicks can flutter around. They love to fly but can't stay up in the air too long. My rooster used to get as high as he could and crow. [​IMG]
  8. Cotton42

    Cotton42 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2012
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Ours started to fly out of the brooder at about 2 weeks old. Since we kept them in the basement we didn't see to much of a problem with it (except for all the poop everywhere!). It was fun to go downstairs in the morning and see who had roosted on the top of the brooder. Gave us a good idea who was going to be the top chicken, for sure!
  9. MarcBinNC

    MarcBinNC Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 1, 2011
    Mooresville, NC
    Ours are 3.5 weeks and are getting up to their brooder walls 3+foot. They are in the garage but I'm afraid if they get out they won't be able to get back in and it still gets a little nippy at night outside of the brooder. It's really only one or 2 that are that brave which makes it worse because if they get stuck out of the brooder, I don't know how they would keep warm
  10. Sheysd1

    Sheysd1 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2012
    Hutto, Texas
    My chicks will be roughly three weeks old on Thursday. They are also getting up on the top of the brooder but, they don't seem to interested in actually leaving the brooder, they just fly up there and hang out. I check on them all the time to make sure they aren't running around the garage out of the brooder but so far so good. We are building the chicken tractor on Saturday.

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