Is discouraging flight a bad thing?

HudokFarm

Songster
8 Years
May 6, 2011
166
4
116
Minnesota
My little one+ week old chicks are in their flight-testing stages. My brooder is 24" tall and a few have nearly cleared the side attempting to see what is on the other side. I have hardware cloth and am going to build a frame to attach it to for the top of the brooder this afternoon. Will this be OK? They really don't NEED to try to fly, do they? They will have plenty of time to do that when they are out of the brooder in another few weeks, right?
 

heybarb

Songster
7 Years
Mar 9, 2012
425
20
111
North Carolina
I am anxious to hear what others have to say. This is our first experience with chicks too, and twice I have found one perched on the side of the box. I keep adding cardboard to make it taller and taller. It's currently about 3 feet tall.
 

Ilovemyduckies

Songster
7 Years
Feb 21, 2012
3,127
51
193
Yes, you should be fine putting something on the top so they can't get out. They can hold out a few weeks until you get them outside ;)
 

Dingo

Songster
9 Years
Apr 29, 2010
715
14
133
Somewhere near Springfield, Ma
I have a covered brooder, although I usually let them come out for a while and flap around. But I like watching them fly around, and encourage them to fly onto my arm, or lap.
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