Not sure if this is the right place, but drowing question.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by babyrnlc, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. babyrnlc

    babyrnlc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2011
    Tulsa, Ok
    We have two hens and are going to get some more. We are thinking of letting them out in the day, but I got to thinking, we have a pool in the yard. Are chickens smart enough to stay out of it, or if they got in, can the swim, or would this pose a drowning problem?

    It is covered now, so not an issue, but come summer it will be.
  2. jomoncon

    jomoncon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2010
    New Orleans, LA
    When my RIRs were about 10 weeks old, they went after the goldfish in my small pond. I had to rescue them out of it. Since then, they stay away from the pond. They also jumped into the large fountain. Again were rescued. They stay out of that now also.

    I don't know about a swimming pool.
  3. liz_s

    liz_s Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2010
    Washington State
    So, the idea of a drowning chicken scares me to death, but I found this link that makes me a little less uneasy:

    I guess it might be best to see how they do when it is warm enough to open the pool. Toss 'em in there and see what happens! Supervised, of course [​IMG]

    I want to point out that the posts on the link above do make it clear that chickens CAN drown in water- they aren't ducks by any means. Apparently they can swim, but I think if they get into a container of water that they can't walk out of, they're in big trouble.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2011
  4. babyrnlc

    babyrnlc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2011
    Tulsa, Ok
    Thank you.

    Maybe this summer, we will just have to watch when they are out.
  5. SJchicks

    SJchicks Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2011
    I'm sure there are exceptions to every rule. but I worried about the same thing, as we have a pool. Since last summer, my 3 girls have trotted all around i, but stay completely out of it!

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