Can chickens fly over the fence?

Of course, chickens can fly over the fence and they most certainly will. As a matter of fact, your chickens will fly exactly where you don’t want them to. Depending on the breed, a typical chicken could probably easily deal with a fence of about 5–7 ft high. Some lightweight breeds like Hamburg and Leghorn can reach heights of about 10 ft, and many other Mediterranean breeds such as Anconas, Araucanas, Catalanas, Minorcas, Polish, Sumatra, Red Rangers and Appenzeller Spitzhaubens (Swiss breed) are also known for flying. So keep an eye out for that fence!

They can climb fences, too:

However, when it comes to heavy breeds of chickens, the chances are lower for them to succeed in flying over the fence.

Here are some chicken breeds that aren’t good flyers:

  • Orpingtons
  • Australorps
  • Plymouth Rock
  • Silkies