Can chickens swim?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by twincreekfarm, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. twincreekfarm

    twincreekfarm Songster

    Jul 20, 2007
    Vandalia, OH
    Ok, my DH and I want to know if any of you KNOW for a fact if chickens can swim or not . . . . not by what you read, by experience only!
  2. Kanchii

    Kanchii Songster

    Let me go throw my least favorite chickens into the pool and I'll let you know when I go check on them the next morning. [​IMG]
    I honestly have no idea though. My guess would be no, since their feathers would soak up water and probably make them sink
  3. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    um. experience?

    well, a chick i had jumped in the toilet and drown, so i guess not! [​IMG]
  4. Sunny Chook Farm

    Sunny Chook Farm Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    one of mine jumped in the ducks pool, and I can tell you for a fact NO, they can not...
  5. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Songster

    Nov 3, 2007
    Nope had a couple drown myself.
  6. mario2girls

    mario2girls Songster

    Sep 5, 2007
    now wait,,,when i was a kid we had a rooster,,,,
    we would put him in the pool, he would swim to the other side,,,but he couldnt get out,,,he was way to heavy wet,,,,but he did
  7. twincreekfarm

    twincreekfarm Songster

    Jul 20, 2007
    Vandalia, OH
    The reason for this odd request is because this morning we saw our rooster not only swim, but he fought against a fastly moving current. Who knew he culd but he sure did. He somehow got caught up in the creek and the current was rough due to rain and melting snow. I just wanted to see who else out there thought chickens can swim!
  8. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Songster

    Nov 3, 2007
    You might want to use that roo for breeding. That would be a good trait for chickens in emergency situations.
  9. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    When I was a little kid, we had an irrigation canal running thru our farm and one day my brother decided to put our bantie hens in it to see if they could swim [​IMG]. I was 3 or 4 years-old then and he is 3 years older.

    The hens were swept away in the current. We ran along the bank desperately trying to encourage them to "swim" out of the water. Just before the canal left our property, my brother was just able to get down to the level of the water and catch the 2nd hen [​IMG]. The 1st hen continued on down the canal to whatever fate awaited her [​IMG].

    If you look at my BYC page, you can see the hen that he saved after this ill-conceived idea to drop them in the canal. It was my bantie hen. She had a number of broods of chicks over the years - I never shared any with him . . . [​IMG]

  10. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    From my experience, no they can't. I lost a girl last year because she somehow got into the kiddie pool and drowned. I've also had a youngster get in the horses water and that was not a happy ending either. [​IMG]

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