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By Tom Seest

Are Backyard Chickens Natural Swimmers?

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If you have backyard chickens, you may be wondering if they can swim. Although they do not normally swim, backyard chickens can swim for short periods of time. While they are not as graceful as other water birds, they can swim in shallow water and can eventually get out. Here are some tips for swimming with backyard chickens.

Are Backyard Chickens Natural Swimmers?

Are Backyard Chickens Natural Swimmers?

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While chickens can swim for short periods, they shouldn’t be left unsupervised in water. This is because chickens aren’t designed to survive long in water. Swimming is a fun activity for backyard chickens, but you must watch them closely. If you see one of your chickens in the water by itself, it’s probably best to call a sitter to keep an eye on it.
When buying a pool for your chickens, make sure it is shallow. Chickens can’t swim well in deep water, so a shallow kiddie pool is the best option. Make sure the chickens’ water is clean and free of chemicals. It’s also important to consider your chickens’ poop. Chicken feces can contain harmful bacteria, so choose fresh water.
Chickens should always be rinsed after swimming. Make sure that they have plenty of time to dry before they go back in. If they can’t do it, you can cover the water with a towel and let them run around in the sun. You can also place them in a heated room after they’ve been swimming.
The water should be shallow enough to prevent drowning. A chicken that is in too deep water will panic, which will cause its feathers to absorb too much water. Chickens can stay afloat for about 10 minutes, but if they panic, they will sink in 60 seconds. Some chickens are incredibly calm, while others panic, and you can tell whether they’re having fun by watching their body language.
Swimming is an activity that chickens do well in, but it’s not natural for them. They’re not built for it, and they don’t react well to unfamiliar situations. While they are able to swim a few feet deep, they don’t have webbed feet or waterproof feathers.
Chickens can swim in ponds, large drinking basins, or even pools. They have the ability to swim, but they don’t like to be forced into it. A chicken may swim in the water to cool off, but it’s not common for them to stay in water for long. It also makes chickens incredibly tired and waterlogged. It’s also important to remember that chickens can drown in water as well, so it’s best to remove them from it as soon as possible.
If you can’t keep your backyard chickens out of the water, be sure to keep the swimming pool out of their reach. Chickens will die of hypothermia very easily. So, be sure to keep the swimming pool away from the chickens, and make sure that you are supervising them if you allow them to free range.

Have You Ever Seen a Chicken Paddle?

Have You Ever Seen a Chicken Paddle?

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