My Backyard Chickens

Can Chickens Fly Over Fences?

Setting up a Chicken Coop with a Fence.

Chickens are birds, and it’s natural to assume that they can fly. But what if your chickens seem to be able to fly over fences? Is this normal behavior for them? Yes, it is! Chickens can indeed fly (although not as far or as high as some other birds), but they usually don’t unless their lives are threatened. In this article, we’ll discuss why your chickens might be flying over fences—and what you can do about it.


Fence height is one of the most important considerations when keeping chickens in a contained area.

Fence height is one of the most important considerations when keeping chickens in a contained area. The height of your fence should depend on several factors, including the breed and size of your chickens, as well as their motivation to fly over it. For example, Silkies are likely to jump above six feet because they have strong legs and a natural urge to jump high. Bantams may not be able to clear an eight-foot fence but will try if they find themselves on the other side. If you want to keep your Silkies from flying over your fence—and we do suggest keeping them confined for safety’s sake—you’ll need a tall enough structure that even if they jumped with all their strength (and maybe some help from gravity), there would still be no way for them to make it over.


The overall size and build of a chicken will help determine how well it flies.

The overall size and build of a chicken will help determine how well it flies. For example, a bantam breed is not as heavy as other breeds, so it would be more likely to fly over a fence than a Rhode Island Red. Some breeds are better at flying than others, but the general rule of thumb is that heavier chickens are better at flying than lighter ones (like bantams), while lighter breeds can fly farther distances because their bodies weigh less and they have less wind resistance when they’re in flight. Some chickens cannot fly at all due to their body type or lack of physical features like wings or feathers.


Some breeds of chickens are flightier than others.

The answer to whether or not your chickens can fly over fences is dependent on the breed of chicken you own. Some breeds are just more flighty than others, but some are not flighty at all and would be better suited for a free range environment. The best way to determine if your chickens will be able to fly over fences is by doing a little research on the type of chicken you want before purchasing them. If they’re going to be confined in an area with no room for flight, it’s probably best that you choose another breed that isn’t as good at flying over things!


If you have a rooster in your flock, he may encourage your hens to fly over fences if he’s trying to escape from predators or flock mates.

If you have a rooster in your flock, he may encourage your hens to fly over fences if he’s trying to escape from predators or flock mates. Roosters are flightier than hens, and they’re more likely to take flight when threatened. When a rooster sees something on the other side of the fence that frightens him—like an unfamiliar animal or person—he’ll often jump up on top of whatever is between him and the threat, including his own fence! If there are no perches (e.g., chairs) around this area, there’s nothing stopping him from jumping over it until he lands on soft ground and runs away at full speed with his tail feathers sticking straight up in the air like a flag pole waving proudly at high noon.”


Some areas may require short fences to keep chickens contained.

Short fences can be used in areas where chickens are allowed to roam freely outside their coop. This type of fencing is typically made from metal wire or wood and should be no more than four feet tall. The height will depend on what type of animal you want to keep out of your yard, as well as the size of your flock and any other animals that may live nearby. If you have a larger dog who loves chasing after backyard chickens and scaring them into flight, higher fencing may be necessary so he doesn’t get too close and scare them away before they’ve had time to eat all those tasty bugs!

There are several benefits associated with short fences:

  • They’re easy to install (especially when compared with taller ones)
  • They’re cheaper than most alternatives like wooden panels


Think about what you want to achieve with your fence before selecting its height.

  • The bigger your flock, the taller your fence should be. If you have more than a dozen chickens, it’s probably best to opt for an electric or woven wire fence as opposed to a standard chain link or wooden fence.
  • The larger your property is and the more room you have for roaming, the taller your fencing should be. A chicken discovered in flight by predators can become dinner before they reach their destination—so large yards (or even small ones) make good use of their flying skills by allowing them freedom of movement around their home range while keeping them safe from predators along with other dangers such as cars or busy roads nearby.


Chicken wire fences are often very weak and easily damaged, so your chickens might be able to get through them if they try hard enough.

Do chickens fly over fences?

Yes, they can.

Chickens have been known to fly over chicken wire fences, but it’s not their preferred method of escaping. Since wire is not very strong, chickens can break through it if they try hard enough (and if the fence isn’t secured properly). They may also be able to squeeze between the wires when one is bent at an angle instead of straight up and down. Chickens are very resourceful creatures: they will use their wings if they need to escape from predators or other chickens that might want to attack them; this includes flying over any kind of fence in order to get out into open space!


Chickens can fly, but they don’t usually do so unless it’s absolutely necessary!

Your chickens can fly. But they don’t usually do so unless it’s absolutely necessary! You see, chickens don’t like to fly over fences. Flying is hard work and takes a lot of energy for them. So most of the time, if your chickens have been locked up in a yard with a fence around it (like yours probably are), they’ll be perfectly happy staying put.

But sometimes things change: maybe someone has blocked off their only escape route from predators or other dangers, like dogs or foxes; maybe there’s been some kind of firework battle going on in the neighborhood; or maybe everyone just got hungry and decided that it was time for dinner! In any case where there’s a good reason for them to get out fast—like if one gets injured—chickens will go ahead and flap their wings over every obstacle in front of them without even thinking twice about how tired they might feel afterward!


As we’ve seen, chickens are not known for their ability to fly. While they can do so if given enough motivation, most of the time they won’t need to. Most breeds have small wings and light bodies that make it difficult for them to take flight over high fences or long distances. However, if you’re worried about how high your fence is or how far your chickens might go without being contained by it, there are some things you can do to prevent them from flying over it!



Desmond Wekesa is the director of Agripreneur, with experience in new methods of farming and digital marketing. His background in digital marketing informs his mindful but competitive approach in the online-agriculture space. Desmond is fueled by his passion for understanding the best methods to network and achieve ones goals of advertising. He considers himself a ‘forever student,’ eager to both build on his knowledge in agriculture and stay in tune with the latest digital marketing strategies through continued hard work. You can email him HERE.

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