Can chickens fly out?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by LilRalphieRoosmama, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    We built our coop and it is approximately 12 feet long, 6 feet wide and 12 feet high. Our chicks are 7 weeks old this week. Can they fly out? We haven't moved them in yet. Thanks!
     
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    It sounds like you are talking about the outside wire run rather than the building they would roost in at night that we call the coop. At 7 weeks old they shouldn't be able to fly out, but, depending on their breed, they might when they become adults. Most layers couldn't escape from 12' but bantys can easily clear it.
     
  3. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    It is their inside coop and we built it in the corner of the barn. Just didn't want to waste wire to cover the top if we didn't have to, and didn't want any surprises! We have black stars, red stars, barred rocks, RI reds and araucanas; no bantys.

    Here's a pic (and sorry it's so big; I don't know how to resize it):

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  4. TransplantedTexan

    TransplantedTexan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens Production Reds ,California grays , and Americaunas can all fly up ontop of my dog run which is about 8 feet tall. They have no problem, I think they could go right up to twelve if they wished.
     
  5. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Chickens like to roost at the highest spot, so they will eventually roost on top of the 12' wall regardless of where you put your roosts.

    Cover it. Chicken wire or bird netting will work fine. Just be sure the barn is predator proof, because some varmints will go through chicken wire like it is paper.
     
  6. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Another 4 or 5 weeks and the araucana will easily do 12'.
     
  7. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Yes, wire can get expensive, but deer netting is cheap and works fine for a cover. I bought mine at Lowe's.
     
  8. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Deer netting is great. Have used it on outdoor chick runs and watched hawks bounce off it.
     
  9. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    Is deer netting heavy? I can only assume so since you said , "hawks bounce off of it"? I have poultry netting outside over the ducks pens but it is very light weight but it still keeps the ducks from flying out of it. Just wondering if I should try deep netting instead?
    Good job on the inside coop!
     
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  10. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    Thanks for the tips. We did cover it with plywood sheets and secured it. I was more worried about raccoons getting in than I was about the chickens getting out. I've never seen a chicken fly so I didn't know how much room they needed for "take off"! Here's a pic of the happy group in their new home.

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