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This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« on: 09/03/2006 19:31:00 »
I don 't recall ever seeing flocks of chickens flying south for the winter !...last time I ate KFC the chicken just stayed put, despite coaxing with a picture of a very sexy piece of corn !!!

I've seen then flap about and launch themselves a few metres...but can a chicken actually fly  ?....

Are there wild chickens that do ?



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Re: This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« Reply #1 on: 09/03/2006 19:54:00 »
well somone thinks they can

http://www.upc-online.org/chicken_flying_contests.html

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Re: This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« Reply #2 on: 09/03/2006 20:28:49 »
this may be what you are looking for: (how did you pluck up the nerve to ask it anyway)


The chicken can and often does fly through the air but with hardly the greatest of ease. These in-flight difficulties, which chickens face, are actually a result of both the dynamic processes found in Mother Nature and the deliberate actions of humankind. Let’s explore this and other issues concerning this species, the most common of all birds on the planet, numbering over 25 billion and growing.

Chickens, at least in the wild, are omnivores, that is, they will eat small seeds, herbs, leaves, grubs and even insects and mice. On the other hand, domesticated chickens are forced to eat feed typically loaded with proteins, grains and along with many other artificial supplements meant to alleviate or prevent diseases. During your next visit to the poultry department at your neighborhood store, you will probably encounter the term “free range” chickens. A free-range chicken has a much more enjoyable life with ample room to run about the farmer’s barnyard. Chickens left on their own are gregarious birds that have a communal approach to the incubation of eggs and the raising of young. Many are not so fortunate in commercial chicken production, which often involves raising birds in large crowded rearing sheds that prevent chickens from engaging in many of their natural behaviors. In addition, the commercial production of chickens typically uses genetic selection to create large-breasted birds, which can lead to crippling leg disorders and heart failure. The extra weight alone makes flight nearly impossible.

Both domestic and wild chickens are capable of flying but the domestic version typically can only fly for short distances such as over fences are other obstacles. Chickens fly to explore their surroundings and to flee from any perceived threats. Free-range chickens often have the tips of the longest feathers on one of the wings cut, resulting in an unbalance and preventing the bird from flying much father than a few feet at a time. In fact, it almost looks like a hopping motion rather than an aborted flight trajectory. Wild chickens without clipped wings can fly much greater and higher distances. Perhaps you have seen a gaggle of wild turkeys fly up to high perches in nearby maple trees to spend a restful and safe night? Wild chickens could match that feat and even more!

I bet you didn’t know that chickens were used as oracles in Ancient Rome. Oracles are prophets who are called upon to provide predictions of important upcoming events. In Ancient Rome, chickens were kept in cages and fed scrumptious soft cakes. A Roman citizen in need of such a prediction would call upon a caretaker or pullaris who would open the cage and offer the chicken a piece of cake. If the chicken stayed in the cage and ate, the omen was thought to be good. If the chicken ignored the cake, and flew away, the omen was bad.

As with all things in the natural world, there is much more to the chicken then we often consider. We have used them in countless ways throughout history from fast food to prophecy. Perhaps the next generation of fast food restaurants will offer a bucket of wings, breast with an omen all for one low price!



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Re: This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« Reply #3 on: 09/03/2006 20:32:50 »
Hadrian...THANK YOU...fantastic info..cheers.
 

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Re: This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« Reply #4 on: 09/03/2006 20:43:49 »
I think it also depends on the breed, the ones that are good eating or lay big eggs are basically too fat. When I was a kid we used to have 20 or so in the garden and when they tried really hard they could get up to about 3 feet - at which point they hit the fence. Bantam chickens on the other hand, which are small and light, basically less highly bred, can fly quite well and will roost at the tops of trees/barns.

The same thing is true of geese, the wild ones can fly thousands of miles, but my parent's big fat white ones attempt to take off every morning, and just about get to 2-3 feet off the ground, at which point they reach the hedge and have to stop.
 

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Re: This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« Reply #5 on: 09/03/2006 20:53:54 »
I will never trust an inbreed pilot again.

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Re: This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« Reply #6 on: 09/03/2006 20:59:49 »
Thanks also for your chicken orientated input Dave....clearly the geese that your parents have need a longer runway or at least a pilots license !! (or is it ' licence  ' ?)
 

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Re: This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« Reply #7 on: 09/03/2006 21:22:17 »

they say seeing is believing




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Re: This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« Reply #8 on: 09/03/2006 21:45:10 »
..You're right...I can't believe how blue that sky is !!  
 

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Re: This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« Reply #9 on: 09/03/2006 21:55:30 »
I got chicken c**p all over my head tossing that bird!

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Re: This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« Reply #10 on: 09/03/2006 22:19:41 »
quote:
Originally posted by Hadrian

I got chicken c**p all over my head tossing that bird!

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You ' tossed ' that bird ?...you sicko !! :D




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Re: This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« Reply #11 on: 09/03/2006 22:26:41 »
we all have the right to be happy

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Re: This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« Reply #12 on: 09/03/2006 22:29:07 »
quote:
Originally posted by Hadrian

I got chicken c**p all over my head tossing that bird!

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Are you sure it was c**p? :D

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Re: This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« Reply #13 on: 09/03/2006 23:01:19 »
of course it has it own taste!

yea i am a sick puppy

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Re: This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« Reply #14 on: 10/03/2006 02:49:20 »
What do you get when you cross an Owl and a Rooster?


A cock that stays up all night.


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Re: This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« Reply #15 on: 14/03/2006 19:54:14 »
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?

There are two possibilities: One that the distance between the chicken and
the side of the road that it was on before it crossed is expanding, and the
other, that the distance is contracting, and will collapse on itself.

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Re: This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« Reply #16 on: 14/03/2006 20:38:57 »
What about WILD chicken ?...are there any ?..and I don't mean chickens that are really angry either !!.....I want to see flocks of Wilder-chickens roaming the african planes !!
 

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Re: This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« Reply #17 on: 15/03/2006 03:48:34 »
Chickens are indigenous to South America - they are "wild" in the jungles of the Amazon.  But those birds don't much resemble your basic Rhode Island Red.  Bantam chickens can fly quite well - not for great distances, but up into trees and such.

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« Reply #18 on: 15/03/2006 11:38:37 »
*SIGH* It takes a chappy recuperating from a knee op to supply the answer kneed. Thanks John.

I suspected that perhaps the chicken ,as we know it, is a bird that has been  bred purely for food and may not resemble it's wilder brethren. In fact I was wondering if no such wild chickens existed and that it was purely the result of a number of crossbreeds of other things (ie: Ostrich and Hummingbird:))

 I wonder how the chicken became the staple fowl of choice.

Thanks John.

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« Reply #19 on: 15/03/2006 12:34:28 »

Hawaiian Wild Chicken



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Re: This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« Reply #20 on: 15/03/2006 13:54:06 »
Hadrian....are you sure it's from Hawaii ?..it's not wearing one of those flowery necklaces things !!:D (what are they called again ?)...... one minute later.........ahh !! it's a lei..(thanks google)

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« Reply #21 on: 15/03/2006 14:11:39 »
It was definitely surfing the net when I found it.

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Re: This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« Reply #22 on: 18/03/2006 17:26:07 »
quote:
I wonder how the chicken became the staple fowl of choice.


I suspect that the proto-chicken took to hanging around humans because of food, much like dogs.  The growing and threshing of grain provided a ready source of feed (localized to humans) to the birds.  Naturally, men took advantage of the resulting taming (domestication) to take eggs and fowl for food. The birds made the first move toward domestication.

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Re: This is fowl !!..but can chickens actually fly ?
« Reply #23 on: 25/04/2006 07:33:04 »
Hey Neil, as a child my family raised 300 chickens a year give or take a few who would take flight before we got their wings clipped, as it was a large job to do. As children it was our job to chase them down and deliver them to my mother and step dad so they could clip their wings.

 Clipping had one primary function to keep the flights low to the ground so our 15 ft pen would keep them in then we could control their movement somewhat. Then we had to keep that pen covered with chicken wire, because clipping was akin to hobbling, left the chiken pretty defenceless when it come to becoming prey for the hawks. Not to say they could not put up a pretty good defece, especially the roosters they were pretty mean sometimes. I remember one in particular who hadn't had his wings clipped, because he was so mean. you could not catch him and when you did he would tear the ***** right out of you, so we kept our distaance. My mother went in to collect eggs one afternoon and he flew up and landed on her back, hooking his dew claw, (talon) into the back of her neck just at the spine. he dugit in so deep she couldn't move. My step father began slapping at him to get him off but he was stuck and causing alot of pain and damage to my mother.my dad picked up the garden shovel and ran back in and began hitting the chicken with the shovel because he couln't pull him loose. Once he killed the chicken he took my mother to the hospital, (Chicken attached to her at the back of her neck), where a surgeon removed the talon which was wedged in and wrapped around the spinal cord area below her neck. The Doc said she was lucky he hadn't severed the thing trying to kill the Rooster. How the heck is that for a frightening Rooster story! I am still scared to death of the little beggars, but I have statue ones all over my house. They can be very pretty, but not much for brains. I won't be around any that are not clipped, but just the roosters. Hens are pretty docile for the most part, You think it might be all that Testosterom, or do Roosters even have testosterom? (sorry spelling) Anyway, they fly well unless you impede that flight by clipping. Just as someone mentioned above.
 

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« Reply #24 on: 26/04/2006 23:13:09 »
Karen,

I'm just glad your mother survived her close encounter with the rooster. Did you eat it afterwards ?...after all, it must have been well tenderised after being repeatedly clouted with a shovel !!...it's a good job your dad had a good aim.

Hang on karen...I reckon you've got a good story for the making of a horror flick.... "Attack of The killer Chickens ".....I see it in the same style and budget as the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy!!..Yayyyyy !!

THANK YOU for your chicken orientated insight karen.....amazing !!
 

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