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FLYING! ACK!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by misspoppins, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. misspoppins

    misspoppins Out Of The Brooder

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    Um, my chicks are flying everywhere. Are they supposed to be doing that? [​IMG] O_O Sometimes they fly up and hit their heads on the top of their brooder. And whenever I open up the brooder atleast a couple of them ALWAYS fly out.

    I thought chickens weren't suppsed to fly! Ack!
     
  2. porteryork

    porteryork Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, mine do that all the time. In fact, one EE, I named Amelia Earhardt since she has always gotta fly. The other sort of flit and lots of chest bumping. Just good clean chick fun. You might try to raise the roof on your brooder if you can.
     
  3. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    Most chickens can fly short distances, and usually not very high off the ground, but a lot of this depends on the breed. It's not unusual - when they have their adult feathers, you can clip one wing to mitigate flying...check out this link on how.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/LC-wingclipping.html

    And....WELCOME TO BYC!!! (I don't think I've had the pleasure of typing that to you yet!)
     
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2009
  4. misspoppins

    misspoppins Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, haha! Gald it's not just mine!! [​IMG]

    Thanks for that link!
     
  5. Delta2 23

    Delta2 23 Flock Master

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    Oh yes, chicks fly all the time. They want to explore!

    When I first got my chicks, the first thing Feathers did was fly out of the brooder and poop on the carpet! Feathers loved exploring...she often got herself stuck between soe flaps of cardboard at the top of the brooder.

    Meanwhile, Eggie the other chicken is lazy. She just ate while Feathers mucked around. Eggie never used to fly. She'd just stand there. I think you have a bunch of active chicks there!
     
  6. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    Oh yes, they can fly, and they think they can fax, too!


    [​IMG]
     
  7. OldMORoo

    OldMORoo Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes they like to test their wings. Just turned my 6/8 weeks olds out in a large kennel since the temp. is in the 70's and the bumping chest; wing test and pecking order was on. [​IMG] Their first outing out of the brooder and their getting it on. Set with them and have a cup of coffee and enjoy the show. [​IMG]
    Claude
     
  8. firedove

    firedove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2008
    Fitzwilliam NH
    My chicks are two weeks old and they are already flying up to the edge of the brooder when I open it. The brooder is about 20" deep. They are Wyandottes so I don't know if their breed is inclined to do this but they sure do love to. It's a dangerous occupation in my house with three cats and a dog. I have to keep a close eye that no one hits the floor or another really cat/dog accessible spot because my cats and dog follow me around like I'm the pied piper so they are always near-by when I am messing around with the chicks.
     
  9. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    One of our girls can fly over the 6 foot chain link fence that separates the garden from the rest of the back yard. We're talking about having to clip her wings. My other girls fly too, but not more than 4 feet up in the air.
     
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  10. hillerfamily

    hillerfamily Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] Ours get eat up with the haul ass and tend to migrate all over the neighborhood. we live in town, so this is no good, except the neighbors get a good show. me and 3 kids running around with a chicken hook and a fishing net......good times. We clip both wings, and cut a V in the tail feathers at the top...works like a champ
     

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