Thread: Flying Chickens
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Old 10-05-2017, 12:25 AM
HoneyBadgerDC HoneyBadgerDC is offline
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Originally Posted by Narble View Post
We have chickens. Some can fly, some cannot. The heaviest breed of chicken, the jersey giant, is too heavy. Most heavy breeds are just not made for flight. Some lighter breeds can indeed fly farther than others. Most others can fly a little (up or over a bit), just are not capable of prolonged flight.

It does make somewhat of a difference as well if they are confined or free. They do need to exercise the muscles needed.
I used to work part time for a stable many years ago and we had a bunch of chickens wandering around all the time. One rooster in particular would take off each evening and fly to his roost which was well over 100 yards away possibly 200 yards. Someone had told me he was a silky crossed with a gamecock I believe but he flew just like a normal bird and it appeared effortless.