Will chickens fly into a window?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by labhaven, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. labhaven

    labhaven In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    I'm putting the finishing touches on my coop. Their roost is about 6-7 feet away from a 3'x3' window. Should I be covering the window with wire mesh? I'm wondering if they are going to try to fly into the window and break it and get hurt. The window has dividers so its not one big pane of glass.
  2. redhawkou812

    redhawkou812 Songster

    Apr 3, 2009
    Joelton, TN
    We have two windows with panes in them about 4 feet off of the floor, and also the coop door has panes in it - none of ours have ever flown into the glass that we know of. They have flown into the wire a couple of times when they were spooked though.
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I think the dividers in it will help them know it's not something they can fly through. My little ones do occationally run into my pop door, which is a really heavy duty type of plexiglass stuff...lol. I need to paint and X or something on it so they can see it better when it's closed.
  4. labhaven

    labhaven In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Thank you! I've decided tonite is the night for the chicks to move into their new home. They are getting restless and a little loud in the house! I don't want to startle them with power tools making too many changes to the coop after they are in it. The looks I got when my cell phone rang! I can just imagine their reaction to a saw or drill! [​IMG]
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:Would their reaction look something like this??? [​IMG] or this [​IMG] or this [​IMG] ??? lol

    redhawk...mine have flown into the wire at time or two as well...on their hardware cloth screened porch area...lol I don't even think they were spooked...
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I assume this is a non-openable window?

    I would still put at least *something* there, doesn't need to be small mesh necessarily, partly to cushion chickens' impact (mine have flown into the window in my one pen) but also so that if the window should get broken it is not a big chicken-escaping predator-letting-in hole in the wall.

    Good luck, have fun,

  7. Sc00ter4900

    Sc00ter4900 Songster

    Jun 7, 2009
    Quote:Just dont clean the window too good LOL [​IMG] Scotty
  8. harrisville chicken

    harrisville chicken Songster

    Apr 2, 2009
    Northern Utah
    I had to put a masking tape grid on my window in my new coop (on my BYC page) for a few days until they learned that it was not an exit. They were very confused and a banty was near panic when they couldn't get out that way. They've learned what a window is now.
  9. wildorchid053

    wildorchid053 Songster

    May 12, 2009
    syracuse area, ny
    ha... chickens are so nosey.. we have been putting an addition to the coop on and you can hardly use the equipment! they are sooooo in the way.. he uses the generator for his nail guns and they come running to watch.. he put insulation in the walls and they all hopped on it and nested.. he had to keep shooing them out of the area.. when he put shingles on the roof there they were right up there with him.. i can't believe even the electric saw didn't spook them.. they were under foot the whole time lol
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Yes, they can do that especially if spooked. I have a huge window in front of my main roost. On the inside, we put a frame with hardware cloth over it and hinged it at the top, with locks on either side at the bottom. Then, if they fly into the window, they'll just bounce off the wire screen we made and we can leave the window open, even though it's near the ground since it's predator proof.

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