Can chickens swim?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by brooster, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was just wondering, does anyone know?
     
  2. MsBentleyboy

    MsBentleyboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You must have read my mind because I was wondering about this too.
     
  3. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No. They flop around and then sink.

    -Kim
     
  4. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    No, not for long they would drown! Had that happened to me when one of my White Rocks hen fell in the horse trough and died.
     
  5. Alabama_boy

    Alabama_boy Out Of The Brooder

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    I have seen plenty drown. Haven't seen any swimming.[​IMG]
     
  6. Flyingbavarian

    Flyingbavarian Out Of The Brooder

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  7. MsBentleyboy

    MsBentleyboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    That was too funny! Makes me sad though because it looked like a barred rock and I just gave away my first BR roo. [​IMG]
     
  8. ashyannehand

    ashyannehand Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My grandma says she has never seen a chicken swim. She use to live on a farm with a pond and plently of chickens.

    The video was great! [​IMG]
     
  9. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am willing to bet that roo did not enjoy that. Look how exhausted he was once removed from the pool.

    I guess, on rare occasions, a chicken can swim. But I wouldn't bet on it. They weren't designed for it and can't do it very well.

    -Kim
     
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Not really... they can float and bob around for a while, flapping and peddling like they can swim, but as soon as their feathers lose their water resistance and become waterlogged, they start to sink like a ship with a hole.

    When I give birds a bath, they bob at the top of the bucket for a bit, but during the final rinses, you have to hold them up.
     

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