Chicks aren't supposed to do this! Speckled sussex tricks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gritsar, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    My chicks are 3 1/2 weeks old. Most of them don't stay in the brooder all day anymore, preferring instead to run around on the screened porch. The porch is an absoute mess at this point. May have to buy DH a larger powerwasher by the time it's all said and done. [​IMG]

    Anyhow, all the chicks have learned to come running when I walk out on the porch, some even jumping out of the brooder to do it. That's not the problem. I expected they would come to recognize the bringer of treats. It's the speckled sussex chicks, two of em.

    I just went out there and both of the SS flew, I mean FLEW from the edge of the brooder and landed right at my feet! They are not supposed to fly at their age and certainly not with such accuracy.

    Are all speckled sussex such accomplished flyers? This may be a problem when they move out to the coop. I can't have them flying into the yard and into the mouths of our two german shepherds.
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2010
  2. MMPoultryFarms

    MMPoultryFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2010
    Okarche Oklahoma
  3. MattalynsBarn

    MattalynsBarn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2010
    My chicks are 12 DAYS old and have been flying for at least 3 days. I have 5 EE's and 4 SS's (they're all flying)
  4. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Maine, USA
    They must have been REALLY excited to see mom coming through the doors and wanted to beat all the others to you [​IMG] So cute!!
  5. dragonlair

    dragonlair Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2008
    My chicks are a little over 2 weeks and have been flying for a couple of days now. I've had a few escapees form the brooder who I had to have a massive "manhunt" for!
  6. jenn-E

    jenn-E Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2010
    Albuquerque, NM
    Only one of my 6 wk old Speckled Sussex is able to fly to the top of the brooder. The Welsummer and EE have been flying up for a couple of weeks. Of my younger chicks (3 wks), 2 of the Brabanters can fly to the top of the brooder. The younger EE can get up there if she uses the waterer as a step.

    Surprisingly, they mostly just fly to the edge & look around, and then go back in their brooders. I was worried that they would be all over the garage workshop, making a mess. The older ones fly over to the edge of the younger ones brooder & look inside, but don't show any interest in getting down in there.
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Okay, so the speckled sussex will be getting a wing clipping once they move to the coop. Thanks.

    BTW, it was the EEs that started the mass exodus from the brooder. Everyone else just followed their lead. Most of them however prefer to just jump up to the side of the brooder and then jump down on the other side and run around. It's only the SS that fly everywhere they want to go.
  8. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2009
    Be sure to only clip one side - I made the mistake of clipping both sides which inhibited their flying but not enough to keep em from flying out! One side means lopsided flight and makes it harder.
  9. laughaha

    laughaha Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    Either clip their wings, put a roof on the chicken run or train the dogs. On a good note, GSD's are about the smartest dogs on the planet and can easily learn the "mine" command.
  10. LadyBeartoothMamma

    LadyBeartoothMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2010
    Absarokee Montana
    mine like to fly when we go outside their almost a week old now and are getting bigger lol. one of the EE's likes to sit ontop of the chicken wire. the other day one of my australorps decided to fly the coop(brooder) and i heard this loud cheaping so we had to for the time being put chicken wire over the top if not ill have chickies all over my kitchen hehehehee

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