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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by tenman78, Feb 26, 2016.
Anybody ever have standard size chickens fly over a 6' fence?
No, but I've had a standard size Rooster fly to the top of my 6ft run to perch. So it is possible.
You can always clip wings. The problem with clipped wings is that it's only temporary and you don't know when they've recovered from the clipping enough to get over the fence until they do.
I've never had any of my standard size birds even attempt my 4 foot fence but my bantams do. But a lot also depends on how badly they want to get over the fence. If there is plenty of room and plenty to do on their side they are unlikely to try it. But if they want out badly enough, or if something scares them, then yes, they will at least give it a try. What breed of chickens you have also makes a difference, some are much better fliers then others.
Yes... Yes I have. Mine perch at the top of my 8' fence.
That being said, most of them don't bother to even try to fly over the 4' section, but they really do love to hop over that 8' section. go figure.
And it's only a few of the chickens. but it's the same few every day. A rooster, a fayoumi, and a couple of barnyard mixes. Oh and a delaware.
Mine are production reds and ameraucana /australorp mixes, with unclipped wings they have a hard time with 4'. I have 6'tall run inside an area of 4'tall fencing, if they get out they deserve to stroll around the yard a bit.
Typically standard breeds can't fly to the top of a 6 foot high fence once they reach adulthood. Pullets can if they want to.
That being said if your six foot high fence has give in it what I've seen chickens do is walk/fly up the fence. If it gives they will fly up as high as they can, then the fence leans out a bit and they just walk the rest of the way up and over.
It all depends on the individual bird and the breed of the bird...
My standard sized Sumatras will laugh at you if you claim they can't clear a 6 or even 8 foot fence, as will a couple of my barnyard mixed birds that have slimmer bodies... Almost all my bantams can easily clear an 8 foot fence as well...
Can a Salmon Favorolle fly over a Ft fence?
Like many dual purpose breeds, a 3-4 foot fence should contain them, they could possibly clear it but they generally won't...
But, again it can be an individual bird thing, some just don't pack on the weight and thus enjoy taking little flights... I know a lot of my 'dual purpose' roosters are much more willing to jump a fence or fly to an elevated area vs the hens that seem to show no interest in doing the same...
My run is about 4 ft high. If you clip the feathers on one wing of each bird it will help.
Make sure there is no blood in the shaft of the feather before you clip or your bird may bleed to death.
On some birds you may even have to clip a few secondary flight feathers.
One wing throws the bird off balance and is more effective than trimming equal amounts off both wings.
Feather shafts containing blood.