Will Cornish Cross chickens flutter up a chicken ladder and jump 18" to roost?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dridgecluck, Feb 7, 2016.

  1. dridgecluck

    dridgecluck New Egg

    Nov 29, 2013
    Our coop is raised about 2 ft on legs, and we have a chicken ladder leading up into it. Our other chickens flutter or jump up using the ladder no problem. They also jump 18" to reach the roost bar. Can Cornish Cross handle these two challenges? Thanks!
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    As younger birds they might climb up the ladder but I would expect that to stop around 6-8 weeks of age. However, they lack both the inclination and agility to roost any more than perhaps 4" off the ground.
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    Agreed. They are designed for quick growth and then processing. Their bone structure does well to support their weight in their daily activities. A wide roost, laid on the flat, close to the ground might be appreciated by them. Any thing more would be too difficult, IMO. However, given the appropriate management, they are good foragers, and will remain active, not laying around by the feed trough in a pile of poo, as many folks complain about them being prone to do.

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