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can chickens swim

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Motherof4, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. Motherof4

    Motherof4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Millbrook al
    My son just asked me if chickens can swim? I have an above ground pool and we are wanting to know if a chicken fly's into the water will it swim or do we have a new problem to think about?
  2. miss heny

    miss heny Genetic Expert in learning Premium Member

    Quote:no they cant swim if they try they will drown
  3. slackwater

    slackwater Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2010
  4. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    No, though if they're close to the edge and it's not too high they'll fly/lunge out. One of mine fell into the septic when we were having it pumped last summer [​IMG] and she made it out before I could rescue her--Thank goodness, 'cause I wasn't looking forward to grabbing a hold of her!
  5. lindseythefork

    lindseythefork Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2008
    Humboldt County, CA
    Like everyone else has said, no. If the chicken lands somewhat close to edge, then it might be able to flap itself out, but won't be able to stay above water for long.
  6. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    Chickens can swim, but it can only last a few minutes give or take until the oil washes off i believe. I remember seeing a barred rock in a in ground pool swimming around while people sprayed him with the water hose. It proved they can swim, but caused some trouble on the forum due to the people angry about it due to cruelty. It's on youtube if you wanna try to look it up?

    Last edited: Apr 3, 2010
  7. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

    Jan 20, 2008
    Quote:Good god, that's terrible!
  8. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps

    A neighbor of mine uses an old porcelian over steel bathtub for watering animals such as goats, sheep, etc.

    When he is out-of-town, I sometimes feed his critters.

    One of his chickens apparently flew into the tub.

    I found it dead drowned the following morning.

    NOPE. Chickens ain't made for swimmin'.

    -Junkmanme- [​IMG]
  9. babyblue

    babyblue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2009
    a chicken might be able to flop and lurch enough to get to an edge and then crawl or jump out of something like a pond. a swimming pool or deep tall sided water trough...no they will struggle till they eventualy drown.
  10. ChickenMama18

    ChickenMama18 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2009
    Nor Cal
    I'm not the OP but thanks for posting...I always wondered this! If you all have a pool how do you keep your birds out? A fence???

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