Hi, just joined. Found your site whilst researching a new breed just purchased yesterday - Silver-grey Dorking. Grace, as she has been named is approx. 4 months old and of course quite beautiful. I have had chickens for quite a few years, starting off with the standard Isa browns. The last 2 years I have wanted to get more variety, so purchased a white leghorn ( Myrtle) & an Australorp (Barbara). Then a few months later, 3 Sussex cross ( Pamala; Prudence & Patrica) a silver Sussex named Duchess and an Aracana called Pom Pom. The last 5 reside in their own pen down one end of an half acre yard and the previous girls in another pen at the other end of the yard. All the girls free range from lunch-time till dark when they then go their separate ways to their own pens. I had the opportunity to purchase Grace, the dorking; a speckled Sussex newly named Freckles ( what else) and a black Orpington named Oprah, which were installed in a smaller pen adjacient to the Bowns & leghorn etc. Heaps of room in both pens with all the usual amenities. Which brings me to my problem. Grace, the new Dorking, in a period of 24 hours since her arrival has managed to escape 3 times. The only way she could possibly be doing it is over the front gate which stands almost 6 ft high. The rest of their pen in fully enclosed with either chicken wire or shadecloth, roof included. Above the entry door so as to allow freedom of movement for myself when entering and not having to duck or hit my head I have left an 18 inch gap between the top of the gate and the roof of the pen. My question is this, can a young Dorking fly straight up over a six foot obstacle ( the gate) without much of a run up? She doesn't seem to want to go anywhere, stays near the night pens, but, at this early stage, I am worried the established girls will pick on her if she is out in the yard on her own with the other girls who are happily free-ranging. The obvious answer, of course is to enclose the top of the gate, which I will probably do, but I am curious if good flight is a Dorking trait or is she special??