Non-flying chickens . . .?

(4 Posts)
Sadik Wed 30-Mar-16 19:38:09

We used to have 3 hens in a largish permanent run in the garden, but for various reasons have now taken it down. DD would really like to get some more, but we were trying to figure out if we could just let them roam in the garden in it's entirety, shutting them in their coop overnight.

It's a standard semi garden, long and thin, with approx 4 foot fences all round. All good, except our old hens couldn't be let out of their run, because they flew over the fence into next doors veg patch. (In fact, if their feeder was empty, they would also fly over the 6 foot deer netting around their run to come and hassle us.)

Any suggestions for breeds? I've clipped chickens wings before, but it didn't seem to stop determined fly-ers. I suggested quail, but DH reckons the cat'll eat them grin

Oogle Thu 31-Mar-16 11:02:29

I've read you need to keep quail in a run as they can fly and jump!

Do you clip both wings or just one? You're meant to clip just one as it alters their balance to stop them flying.

I think Orpingtons aren't great at flying. Your best bet will be to ask on Omlet smile

CMOTDibbler Thu 31-Mar-16 11:07:44

I have a Welsummer and two Golden Legbars and they aren't bothered about flying. They free range in the garden, just going into their coop at night. Wellie is my favourite, but the legbars do lay the most beautiful tiffany blue eggs.

Mine stand on their coop and peck on the kitchen window if their feeder is empty which is rather endearing

rightsaidfrederickII Sat 23-Apr-16 16:24:41

Silkies and frizzles find it pretty much impossible to fly because of the structure of their feathers. The heavier breeds will tend to find it harder to fly too.

In most cases, a chicken (even with one wing clipped) that is moderately determined will get over a 4' fence. I've seen one hybrid layer with one wing clipped clear a 6.5' fence, though admittedly that was unusual!

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