Can Chickens hurt themselves on chicken wire?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LuckysMom, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. LuckysMom

    LuckysMom Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    South Carolina
    We put Lucky in his new coop yesterday. I was watching him in there this evening, and he flew into the side of the pen and hooked his feet in the chicken wire. He hung there flapping his wings like crazy. He did this two times. I helped him down the first time. Can he hurt himself doing this? Can't he see the chicken wire?[​IMG]
  2. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    He should be able to see the chickenwire. Chickens have very sharp vision.

  3. allen wranch

    allen wranch Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    Is there another rooster near by ? He may be "fence fighting" with him. Some of my boys have lost spurs or cut the backs of their legs badly fighting thru the fence. If the problem persists, put some type of solid barrier around the bottom of the wire. If it is because of another roo, put it high enough so they cannot see each other.

    Another reason might be that he is trying to get back to where he was.

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