How High Can Chickens Fly?

From my personal experience a chicken can easily Jump/Fly over a four foot fence. However, I believe once they are fully grown they are not able to go quite as high. I installed a five foot fence and no more problems. If you go with wing clipping, it’s only necessary to clip one wing for each bird. If you search wing clipping you should find some examples in addition to this good one.

How high should a fence be for chickens?

Fences need to be 6 foot tall to keep chickens in and to keep predators out. Fences also need to be buried into the ground at least 6 inches to stop chickens getting underneath them. You should choose heavy duty fence with small holes.

Will chickens fly out of a fenced area?

Most breeds, even heavy breeds, CAN fly a four foot fence if they are motivated. In some cases they’ll fly a much higher fence. … If their fenced range area is large, your hens may be less inclined to “escape” if there is plenty of room for the number of birds in of your flock.

How high can a chicken jump up?

However, if they’re startled by another chicken or a predator, separated from their feathered friends, or just really unhappy with something on their side of the fence, they can jump over 6 feet to get to somewhere more appealing.

How high can chickens fly with their wings cut?

If you’re concerned about your chickens escaping or don’t want them flying, clipping their wings is the most common solution. With both wings properly clipped, a chicken will only be able to jump as high as 2-3 feet or so.

Our backyard hens are the noble descendants of the red or grey Jungle Fowl (and dinosaurs!). These birds are still found in the wild in countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar and Laos in the Far East.

Heavy breeds such as Orpingtons and Wyandottes hens may fly about a foot off the ground for a very short distance. Their wings cannot give them the lift power needed for the size of the hens body.

If you have ever stood a distance from your birds and offered treats, you will have seen the heavier breeds covering the ground much like a hovercraft in their hurry to see what you have for them! If they are startled by a predator they can fly up into a tree and roost there as long as is needed, in fact some bantam breeds can do an almost vertical takeoff! The beauty of bantams is that if you really want to keep them confined, a high enclosed run with plenty of perches and boxes will keep them very happy, and safe.

Hens are intensely curious creatures and love to investigate new things, especially if it might be food or pleasure related. If you have neighbors that like to keep a well-manicured lawn, lots of beautiful flower beds, planters and perhaps a veggie garden I can pretty much guarantee your chickens will be curious enough to try and visit that yard! If you have a four foot fence between you and the neighbor, it should hold in your heavier birds such as Australorps and Barred Rocks.

Given enough determination, a curious hen will fly right over an eight foot fence with minimal effort. A chicken that has flown a good distance because she was frightened or chased, may become so disoriented that she cannot find her way home. If you have chickens that are prone to flying over the fence and landing in the neighbors yard, where they scratch up the prize flowers and poop all over the place try clipping their wings .

Notice I said try some really determined hens have proven to their owners that they can still fly despite wing trimming! The usual trimming involves the primary flight feathers only and seems to work well as a deterrent for most birds. As far as I know, it is done infrequently in chickens, most folks preferring to trim the wings to prevent escape.

Of course, it stands to reason that if you trim or brail a bird they need to be kept secure from predators since they will not be able to escape. Chickens love roosting, and their slight ability to fly helps them get to where they need to go for bedtime. Fortunately distance is usually not their prime objective gaining height to elude capture or predators or fly over obstacles is.

The only truly effective way to keep them contained is a covered run area or a fence so high that it is impossible to get over, although there is always one hen.

Answer: Yes! Chickens can fly, albeit not well. The average chicken can manage flights of 10 feet high or 3 meters for a distance of 50 feet or 15 meters. Different breeds have different aptitudes for flying. Although some heavier breeds wont make it over your average fence, a lighter breed might.

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A: Most heavy, docile backyard breeds don’t fly very well and aren’t particularly inclined to leave a secure, fenced area. A regular picket fence (if the pickets are close) will do to keep many adult large fowl chickens enclosed.

If their fenced range area is large, your hens may be less inclined to “escape” if there is plenty of room for the number of birds in of your flock.

Which Chickens Can Fly?

The ability of a chicken to fly is usually determined by their breed type.

How to Trim Chicken’s Feathers

Trimming flight feathers is one way to try and limit the flying ability of your chicken.


If you have exhibition birds, wing trimming will disqualify them from showing. There is a second technique to prevent chickens from flying however – it is called ‘brailing’.