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Old 09-13-2017, 11:55 PM
Siam Sam Siam Sam is offline
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Flying Chickens

Why can't chickens fly?

and

Followup: Chickens can so fly!

From the second link:

"... chickens are 'spurt flyers,' that is, they will flap up to a low tree or fence post to roost for the night or when they feel in danger."

There are still feral chickens in Hawaii, mainly on the island of Kauai, but there are some here on Oahu too. We recently saw some near Hanauma Bay, and they had nests up in the trees, spurt-flying up into the branches.
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Old 09-14-2017, 06:21 AM
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Maybe chickens have changed over the years, but when growing up I did indeed see chickens fly, including laying hens. It was always up to some tree limb or a higher point in the henhouse, but they did fly. Maybe it is all in how they are housed. Chickens with more room to wander around might have stronger wing muscles.
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