Chickens float. Huh.

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Khavilah, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. Khavilah

    Khavilah Chirping

    May 26, 2014
    Southern Utah
    Heard some squawking from the cattle pen next door and saw a chicken flapping in the water trough. After a moment, the squawking stopped and I figured she had just flapped herself out, but the cows were all standing around like something was still wrong, so after I heard the second series of squawking sounds, I ran over there.

    I didn't know chickens could float so well, but thank goodness they can.

    I wasn't getting into the pen with five large beasts (including a bull who was the most curious), so I found a piece of old fence and slid it in between the panels to see if she would be able to climb up with it.

    I had to lever her up out of the water; I suspect she was tired and maybe in shock.

    As she sat there, not getting off the wood, I wondered how I could maneuver the stick to where she wasn't near the water and the nails in the wood wouldn't be near enough for the cows to hurt themselves on; the bull solved my problem by taking a step forward and gently nudging the wet chicken with his nose. She landed in an empty, much smaller trough and just stood there. I knew she would be safe in that so I put the wood back and returned to building the rabbit hutch at my place. When the neighbor kid came home a few minutes later, he saw the chicken and picked her up and put her someplace warmer. (He could get into the cow pen without fear, whereas the bull and I would have had a territory dispute.)

    Chickens float. Good to know.
  2. appps

    appps Crowing

    Aug 29, 2012
    I believe it's a short term float though, they do sink after a bit so she is lucky you came along to help!
  3. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

    Jan 27, 2014
    Central Oregon
    Chickens can swim for sure! [​IMG]

  4. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress 9 Years

    This is so true. I had a bantam white rock that was interested in the pool. If there was something floating in it, she'd hop aboard. One morning I found her drowned, I was so sad. [​IMG] Her name was Rose, she was so sweet too. I've still got her sister, Bella, and she is a doll as well. Good thing you got to her in time. [​IMG]
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging Staff Member Premium Member 9 Years

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    They will float until their feathers get waterlogged, then they will sink like a rock. Chickens are not set up for swimming.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Can't recall her name but some woman on BYC has a group of swimming(floating) buff orpingtons and has photos of them in the pool with her daughters and their friends. I think videos too. Try putting "Swimming chickens," in the search box.
  7. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers 7 Years

    May 1, 2011
    Olathe, Kansas
    That's so funny! I'm glad you were able to get her out.
    Chickens can float for a short period of time but eventually their feathers will become waterlogged and they sink.

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