How high can they fly?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Kat4011, May 27, 2011.

  1. Kat4011

    Kat4011 Out Of The Brooder

    May 24, 2011
    Two questions here:

    First, I'm a building a run but am also thinking about letting them free range. I assume I need to clip a wing so they can't fly over our fence. How high can a chicken with a clipped wing fly? (You do only clip one wing right?)

    Which leads me into my second: If they can't fly, do I need to rethink my coop in terms of roost and nest box heights? Can they still get to a nest box about 18 inches off the ground? I can build little ladder things for them if necessary.

  2. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southern California
    Mine can scale a 4ft fence if their wings aren't clipped. But they have never gone over the 6 ft fence.
  3. floridachickhatcher

    floridachickhatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2011
    When some of our white rocks got out my mom was after her with a net and she got caught in the fence trying to fly and she crawled to the very top and flew over,our fence is about 8ft high cause im 6'1
  4. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

    Nov 20, 2009
    I have some free rangers that fly up 12 ft to roost in trees lol
    I only clip 1 wing. They shouldnt be able to get over roughly 4 ft when clipped.
    Yes they could get 18 inches to the nest box but I keep walks up to them so theres no issues [​IMG]

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