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Flying chicks

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by RocketDog1, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. RocketDog1

    RocketDog1 New Egg

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    My wife and I purchased 3 barred rock chicks for our granddaughter to enjoy on her visits. We've had fun letting them out of the run to forage and explore the backyard. However, they are now 6 weeks old and flying up to surprisingly high perches. We're getting concerned that they will soon make it to the top of our 6-foot high fence. I know we can't clip flight feathers until they are grown in and there is no blood in them. Should we confine them to their run until we can safely clip feathers?
    Thanks!
     
  2. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They'll easily clear a 6' fence soon if they want to get over it. I have a covered run with chicks ranging from 4-9 weeks. Many of them perch at available spots near 6' in height.
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] so glad you have joined us.

    I have had 3 BR's and cannot imagine them flying over a 6 foot fence - even a breeder has only EE's to fly easily over 5 feet fencing?

    But you could consider raising the fence with bamboo poles or netting?
     
  5. RocketDog1

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  6. RocketDog1

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    Yes, our chicks are already getting up to spots I thought were beyond their range. It looks like I'll need to keep them confined to the coop & run until their flight feathers are grown in and it's safe to clip them.
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    You could put a cover on the run, it will also help keep climbing and flying predators OUT.
     
  9. robdog

    robdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    I see no issue with trimming their wings at 6 weeks ..
     
  10. RocketDog1

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