Will my Chickens Drown in a Creek?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by rotorooster, May 20, 2011.

  1. rotorooster

    rotorooster Hatching

    May 20, 2011
    I just built a chicken coop for my three new chickens (4 months-old) and i would like to fence in a large area
    that spans across a creek (averages 3 ft wide and 1.5 ft deep).

    The best area for them to forage is on the other side of the creek.

    Is that safe for the chickens? Will they drown? I have a small bridge
    they can cross over if they figure it out.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  2. riverman

    riverman Chirping

    Dec 15, 2010
    Central Tx
    First off, I'm envious! A creek running through your chicken pen... Sounds awesome! I wouldnt worry about them drowning at that age unless the water is flowing. And they should figure out how to use the bridge. Chickens are pretty freakin smart sometimes. I think the creek is a great idea for the pen! Fresh natural water! MMMMMM MMMhhMMM!
  3. rotorooster

    rotorooster Hatching

    May 20, 2011
    Okay, thanks for the advice! I have read about chickens drowning and just wanted
    to be sure it was safe.
  4. AlienChick

    AlienChick Songster

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY


  5. rotorooster

    rotorooster Hatching

    May 20, 2011
    Yeah, the creek should be nice for the chickens. I'd post a picture, but I think I'm too new to
    the forum to do that.

    I'm trying to figure out how to keep them fenced in through the creek and keep predators (snakes)
    out without creating a dam in the creek.
  6. Laigaie

    Laigaie Chirping

    Mar 4, 2011
    Fayetteville, AR
    Water should flow just fine through any kind of galvanized fencing, but you'd have to scrape any accumulated leaves off pretty regularly if it's too tight. Maybe galvanized chain-link, set low to the ground so the water is flowing through the bottom? Chain link won't keep out snakes, though, if that's your concern.
  7. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Just so you know, you are right, chickens can drown -- they will swim a while til their feathers get waterlogged, then sink from the weight. I've seen Youtube videos of them swimming across an inground swimming pool, though.

    I don't mean to discourage you, at all! I think it's a wonderful setting for them! And I'd be surprised if they got into trouble with the water. But I just thought you should be forewarned, in case one of them thought he could swim.... silly peabrained things that they are....

  8. TeamChaos

    TeamChaos Songster

    Nov 8, 2009
    My chickens have figured out how to use a bridge across our creek to get to the best ranging spots. They've also figured out how to drink out of the shallows and not to fly into the spring, but rather drink from the edge of it. My only problems so far have been with flooding (if anything can catch on your fence, it will tear the whole thing down) and I don't include the water in their fenced run since it seems like an invitation for a raccoon to waltz in through the water opening and have a nice drink with his meal, predators can spook the chickens into the water in which case you want to be sure they can get out quickly (not too steep of walls).
  9. BeardedLadyFarm

    BeardedLadyFarm Songster

    May 31, 2009
    Cobleskill NY
    I wouldn't try this with any frizzled or silkie feathered birds, but standard smooth feathered birds should be fine. The fancy feathered ones can't fly, and by the same token can't flap their way out of water if they get in too deep.

    The real question is, where are the ducks?

  10. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Please show a picture of setup / location. Does it pose a high water risk?

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