Can chickens fly?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by porkchop48, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. porkchop48

    porkchop48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had not planned on putting a roof on my run. The fencing will be about 6 ft high.

    Can the chickens fly out of it? DO chickens fly?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Yes they do and yes they can.

    That said, it depends on breed and how much they wish to escape.
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Mine not only fly, they "climb" my 6' fence if they really, really want out (or in.) I was amazed, have seen it 2 or 3 times now. They climb with their claws while madly flapping their wings. Most days they calmly stay in this yard -- it has to be something unusual to bring this on.
     
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  4. porkchop48

    porkchop48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so would my best option be to just put a top on it?
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Up to you. Many on here put a top on to keep hawks out -- or if it's strong enough, to keep most anything out. I would imagine most breeds will stay inside a 6' fence most of the time; it will vary with the breed. You may want at least part of it covered anyway to keep snow out.
     
  6. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine fly all the time. They've flown on top of my shoulder while I was standing in their coop. They fly to the top of the run all the time. I do have a top on the run as well. I don't want them escaping nor do I want other birds flying in there and snatching up my girls.
     
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:Yes. And not only the flying/climbing out, but predators from land and air can easily get in. After learning the hard way, ALL my runs are covered with wire or a roof.
     
  8. Kudzu

    Kudzu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Every now in then my five do the quail flush, straight up into the wire above, ten feet high. Yes chickens can fly, not very good but they can fly

    FYI, I am going to tell you what an old-timer told me, chickens are fun, but remember, everything wants to eat them.
     
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  9. ChickenBoy14

    ChickenBoy14 Out Of The Brooder

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    That very intresting but do your pets want to???[​IMG]
     
  10. chicks are me

    chicks are me Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes.The Black Sumatra and the Sicilian Buttercup,are known to be more flighty than other chickens.Still, there are some heavy breeds that can barely get off the ground,making them a better choice for some people.Of course, you can stop birds from being flighty if you clip their wings.
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