One week old chicks flying..yikes!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Wateredgarden11, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. Wateredgarden11

    Wateredgarden11 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 25, 2009
    Sandusky, Ohio
    I have my six chicks (one week old) in two boxes that I attached together. One side is for sleeping with the light, food, and water.
    They have an opening to run into the other side where I have perches, stuffed animals, play room type. This morning I came down stairs to find them flying around in my sunroom! Talk about heart failure![​IMG]
    I am quickly trying to cobble up some larger area with a dog kennel that is four feet high and bird netting..LOL
    Has anyone else had this problem with their birds flying at one week old? How in heavens name do these birds live in tupperware tubs or boxes for five weeks? What do others do with their chicks once they seem to want to fly?
  2. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    Gotta love it!! Actuall i got some poultry netting and rigged a barrier- my banty roo is great at figuring out how to get out, have named him houdini
  3. genabeana

    genabeana Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 19, 2009
    Hendersonville, TN
    I can't imagine birds that small flying! It must be cute! Mine lived in an aquarium for 2 weeks, then boxes. At about 5 weeks a couple of them started jumping out of the boxes and running around. Now they're outside at 7 weeks.

    I'd love to see your flying chicks, can you post a picture?
  4. Gloria

    Gloria Chillin' With My Peeps

    An oven rack over the top works well too! [​IMG]
  5. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    While they haven't made it over the side of the brooder, mine have been trying very hard to fly. Little buggers particularly like to try when I am putting them back into it.
  6. Wateredgarden11

    Wateredgarden11 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 25, 2009
    Sandusky, Ohio
    Since we have a mini schnauzer who was crated in the same room where my chicks were flying can imagine how horrified I was!..Lucky we crate her at night. I do NOT trust her at all.
    We bought these chicks from TS so I am only guessing at their age of one week. Even while I was quickly jury rigging up a bigger box and higher fence..they were jumping up on the sides of the box. I am so new to posting at forums I can't even figure out if I am posting new topics correctly. Forgive me if I am not moderators. Still trying to figure out how to post.
    If you click on my BYC page I added pictures of my NEW jury rigged solution to flying chicks. LOL
  7. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    One of my hatchery chicks flew at two & a half weeks. I had them in a blocked off shower stall. The baracade was 4 ft. tall. She would fly up on the baracade & perch there. She is an Andalusian & one of my favorites, now.
  8. lceh

    lceh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2008
    Central Virginia
    I laid a baby gate over the top of my brooder tub to keep my 1-week-olds in. I've also heard of people putting an old window screen across the top.
  9. silversage03

    silversage03 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 6, 2009
    Belt, MT
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] The sides of their pen either have to be fairly tall, or you've got to put a piece of screen or fence on top! Mine have even escaped WITH the barrier. I was really surprised at how quickly they started flying....especially after my husband said "Oh, chickens can't fly!" [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  10. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2009
    ft. worth
    I use 2x4 wire over my tupperware type brooder. They have still jumped up thru the wire at 2 weeks old. After about 3 weeks they are to big to get thru. Don't keep them from trying. LOL

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