1. Jacky'sMamma

    Jacky'sMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

    160
    0
    119
    May 16, 2008
    Antelope, CA
    Can anyone tell me if a chicken is standing on the ground and the wind is coming out of the west @ 6mph (just kidding about the wind, hee hee)

    Anywhoodles... How high can a chicken fly if they really want to get outta the run?


    Thanks,
    Heather
     
  2. trishok8

    trishok8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    166
    0
    129
    Feb 18, 2008
    Scituate
    I'm no expert, but I have only seen mine fly up about 2 feet. Give or take.
     
  3. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

    4,256
    36
    274
    Apr 26, 2007
    Fair Oaks, California
    It really depends on the breed. My easter eggers can make it over an 8 foot fence. My silkies can flutter up maybe a foot and a half. But my one little mix (silkie, polish, japanese, mille fleur) who looks mainly like a japanese with mille fleur coloring, has taken off across the yard and flown 60 feet or so in a straight line. i have no doubt she could make it to the top of a telephone pole.

    So, what kind of chickens do you have, how high is their run, and how windy is it there? [​IMG]
     
  4. Jacky'sMamma

    Jacky'sMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

    160
    0
    119
    May 16, 2008
    Antelope, CA
    I have full size breeds: 2 Delawares, an EE, and what I think to be 2 Barred Rock (spelling?) the run fence is 3.5' but my whole yard is surrounded by a 6' privacy fence.
     
  5. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Friends of ours have 3-week olds who got out of 5' high chain link...

    and got them back before a Siberian Husky went nearly mad chasing them!
     
  6. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

    4,256
    36
    274
    Apr 26, 2007
    Fair Oaks, California
    Can you put some flight netting or some such thing over the run? i'm sure your girls could make it over both the run fence and yard fence if they put their minds to it.
     
  7. Sulteric

    Sulteric Out Of The Brooder

    30
    0
    32
    Jun 7, 2008
    Central Massachusetts
    My coop is done but I need to build a run for them. I like the idea of netting on the top, that's a money saver.

    How high should I make it if I have netting or fencing on top? 4'? 6'?
     
  8. Oakland_Ranchero

    Oakland_Ranchero Out Of The Brooder

    50
    0
    29
    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    Our delawares can barely make it up to about 4 feet. The 6 week old silver laced though have cleared about 6.

    The older they get the heavier they're going to be especially obvious if they're heavy breeds. We have netting over the top of their run both for safety and just in case they learn to work together and mount an escape.
     
  9. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Indiana
    Quote:We made ours six feet so we can walk around in there without being hunched over. We're also trying to protect them from coyotes and dogs.
     
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2008
  10. Julie08

    Julie08 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    where would one get said flight netting?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by