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How high can a chicken jump?

Post Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:14 pm

I'm considering getting a couple of chooks and am pondering how they can peacefully co-habit a small garden with a range of veggies. My plan so far is to put a few gro-bags in a gated section of the garden, the gate being about 1m high and moving my pots up onto a garden table about 70cm high.

My concern is that the chooks will just vault the gate and jump up onto the table, especially given the motivation of tasty young shoots! Are my concerns justified??
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Post Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:17 pm

we had one chicken jump on top of the roof of our caravan from a standing position! :shock:

Mine are wing clipped but I still think they could do a 5 foot jump if they really wanted too...it might be a bit wonkey - but they could. :)
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Post Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:22 pm

It would depend on the type of chicken you get. I have some that will happily fly ofer a 5ft fence, but others that struggle to get ground clearance. Of course wing clipping is an option for the more able flyers so you should be fine. chickens tend to like to stay in their own familier area anyway, I have a gate leading off down my drive which just about all my girls could jump if they wanted to, but they stay in their area.
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Post Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:24 pm

Hello :D

It does depend on the chooks, My leghorns fly in and out of the fenced area numerous times a day, yet some of the others dn't even entertain it :lol:

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Post Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:35 pm

Thanks for the replies.

The top of a caravan??? <faints>

Hmmm, looks like I need some doddery chickens then!
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Post Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:37 pm

yes like Karen says some birds are "flightier" than others.

big breeds like Brahmas, Cochins, Orpingtons, Barnevelders dont fly so well because of their size. We have cochins and they dont get up very high at all but they are huge girls! :)
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Post Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:45 pm

Welcome aboard ProffYaffle.

Another Bagpuss fan?
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Post Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:47 pm

Thanks for the welcome. Bagpuss? No, what makes you say that? :wink:

The size of the chickens is where I'm conflicted, as our garden is small I originally thought small breeds would be a good idea, now I'm not so sure .....

(impressed with how fast moving this board is btw)
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Post Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:48 pm

ProfYaffle wrote:
(impressed with how fast moving this board is btw)


yes. we spend most of our lives on here!!! :oops: :lol:
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Post Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:55 pm

I think it depends on the spring to mat ratio on the trampoline they are using.
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Post Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:03 pm

Often its the bigger breeds that require the least space as they are lazy! So Brahams and Cochins could still be an option (more so if you opted for a cube than an eglu) Or Miniture Orpingtons, Pekins and Japanise dont tend to be flyers, plus they dont ravage the garden as much as they have either short or feathered legs.
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Post Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:20 pm

Lol Robskyd I think that's the patented caravan leaping method.

Thanks Catscube, that's very helpful
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Post Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:54 pm

I've got a very small garden and have a Pied Suffolk, a Rhode Island Red and a Columbine who fit in very nicely. They can all flap/run half way across the garden but never attempt to jump over the back wall (although I've put strawberry netting on canes along it anyway.)
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Post Wed Jan 16, 2008 6:47 pm

Hi, I have two gingernut rangers and a miss pepperpot and they don't seem inclined to jump at all. I have a three foot wrought iron gate separating the grass area from the patio and they have not attempted to jump over it. They queue up the other side of the gate and wait till I open it and then they make a dash for the kitchen for some treats and a drink out of the dogs bowl.
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Post Wed Jan 16, 2008 6:47 pm

I have 2 omlet gingernuts and they are quite capable of jumping and flying - however they are just too lazy. I have a 3 ft picket fence that they can get over and under - however they cannot be bothered and as long as there is lots to peck at and keep them interested mine show little interest in the outside world - especially at this time of year - in the summer they have more of a wander lust!! and have managed to cross the High Street and invade my elderly neighbours garden across the road!!! :oops:
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