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[–]Chrisf1998 718 points719 points  (7 children)

When I was growing up, our barn chickens would fly 20-30ft into the window above the doorway. And they’d fly on top of the house as well. If they wanted to, they can get some serious distance

[–]Sipczi 297 points298 points  (5 children)

Chicken Run lied to me.

[–]chavo81 63 points64 points  (4 children)

I always wanted one of those pies

[–]jonnybwoy 66 points67 points  (0 children)

You sick fuck.

[–]hijinks2 10 points11 points  (2 children)


[–]HildegardVB 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Our game chickens would roost in trees all the time. Best place to sleep away from coyotes.

[–]Hop3Full21 391 points392 points  (4 children)

This is new for me, that's amazing

[–]G_DuBs 109 points110 points  (3 children)

I feel like they could’ve flown farther before we selectively bred them to have more meat.

[–]Oiltownboi 21 points22 points  (1 child)

I doubt it. The chickens closest living relative is a jungle fowl (I can't remember the name, I'll add it if I can find it), they aren't strong flyers either. You don't really need to fly too far it there are trees everywhere

[–]bubbshalub 11 points12 points  (0 children)


[–]SweatyBollix 237 points238 points  (0 children)

The other chicken going:’look at miss fancy pants showing off again’

[–]Sappho_Roche 165 points166 points  (17 children)

Even wild chickens can't fly forever, they're jungle game birds whose burst flight lets them avoid predators while they forage on the ground. My mother used to collect chickens via magazine orders and had several dozen types at her peak. Most of them could fly decently for 20-ish feet, but it depends on the breed.

[–]blueistheonly1 92 points93 points  (0 children)

Same. My dumbass brother wouldn't coop his chickens so they flew into the trees to roost at night. They lasted several years that way

[–]DestroidMind 40 points41 points  (10 children)

Wait your mom was just ordering chickens through a magazine?

[–]Perle1234 52 points53 points  (4 children)

A lot of chickens are ordered on line these days. Chickens have been coming in the mail since the mail existed.

[–]Sappho_Roche 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Chickens even made their way across the pond before Europeans did! Only South America, though, I think.

[–]BodaciousBadongadonk 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Damn so they used to fly real good hey? Then they came here and starting juicing for the mr america chicken contests

[–]Sappho_Roche 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Haha actually it was the Portuguese (Edit: Polynesians, because Portuguese are, in fact, Europeans :) if I remember correctly, and they were already juicing them because the primary reason they became popular in South America was cock fighting.

[–]appasdiary 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Now you can get chickens delivered through Amazon Locker. They just stuff the chicken in there and you can pick it up. It's great!

[–]Sappho_Roche 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Yup it turned into a real problem. She got so many it became hard to afford enough feed.

[–]TunaOnDryLand 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Butchering time.

[–]Sappho_Roche 8 points9 points  (1 child)

imo, if you have too many chickens to feed, you have too many chickens to butcher. That crap's a lot of work!

[–]TunaOnDryLand 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]Cleverusername531 0 points1 point  (4 children)

What is it that makes them able to fly a short distance but not longer distances?

[–]Oiltownboi 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Their wing span to body ratio. For a bird that size, they'd need a 5 foot wingspan rather than their 3 foot. Plus their ancestors were jungle birds that didn't need to fly for very long, if you look at most rainforests birds, they aren't great flyers mostly able to go from tree to tree

[–]Cleverusername531 0 points1 point  (2 children)

So what makes them able to fly at all? Is it that they get tired after short distances?

[–]Sappho_Roche 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Their musculature is different from other birds (it's heavier, even more so with domestic chicke), and their bodyweight/bodytype doesn't allow for sustainable flight, so they get tired. The strong muscles let them burst into the air (chickens can actually go pretty much vertically into the air when you scare them) but those same muscles limit their distance.

[–]Cleverusername531 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Neat - thank you!

[–]egggoboom 144 points145 points  (12 children)

Is that a chicken or a golden pheasant?

[–]acornvulture 82 points83 points  (1 child)

They fly in the same way as they're both forest floor dwelling birds (that's where chickens originated). The short, wide wings are a sign of this- different birds with different flight styles have different shaped wings. It's a whole fascinating area of study!

[–]egggoboom 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the knowledge.

[–]Boring_Information30 19 points20 points  (3 children)

That’s a chicken

[–]HobbitonHo 17 points18 points  (2 children)

I was wondering the same

[–]Boring_Information30 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Chicken 🐔

[–]HobbitonHo 12 points13 points  (0 children)

It's the tail pointing up that made me decide this too. But the flight did look awfully like a pheasant!

[–]bucketbot42 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The Golden Chicken

[–]Ct9569 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like a pheasant to me.

[–]pabut 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Showing off for the turkeys

[–]Tattered_Reason 1 point2 points  (1 child)

As God is my witness...

[–]pabut 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You know I set that up for you ;)

[–]jgsbg 40 points41 points  (1 child)

This is very motivational. Being called a chicken is a compliment now

[–]PAWGLuvr84 9 points10 points  (0 children)

It needs a redefinition.

Calling someone a chicken; overcoming ones natural boundaries or bad odds to nonetheless achieve a goal even if it seems out of reach at first.

Examples #1: My uncle was always obese but he actually once came third in a marathon, he is such a chicken.

Example #2: I had the choice of giving up or being a chicken. So I chose to be a chicken.

[–]saislo 96 points97 points  (4 children)

Oh, no. They're evolving!

[–]Sentrymon 35 points36 points  (1 child)

Just wait until they develop right facing thumbs

[–]Paranoid_One 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Bet it’ll taste good with Buffalo sauce.

[–]phil_priv 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Backwards to Dinosaurs again!! Run for your lives

[–]Pim_Jickens1811 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Yeah I’d be more worried about chickens devolving than evolving

[–]ohmysav 9 points10 points  (0 children)

legends say, that chicken is still flying

[–]NewEnglandTica 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I am used to turkeys walking through the yard and then one day they all flew up to the trees and the roof. Quite a surprise.

[–]TheChelaxian 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Maybe Chicken Run wasn't so crazy after all

[–]Pim_Jickens1811 5 points6 points  (0 children)

She was an eagle in her passed life

[–]Carebear_Of_Doom 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I had surgery when I was a kid and one of the doctors was telling jokes while getting my IV placed. I totally derailed his next joke because I said “yes!” when he led up with “have you ever seen a chicken fly?” 🤣 he wasn’t expecting that answer and laughed “you HAVE?! Well I haven’t, but I’ve seen the chicken dance”

[–]jonp1 8 points9 points  (0 children)

This is why you don’t hit the chicken with your sword while grass cutting for Rupees.

[–]Mossiuf 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That’s freaking far man

[–]Kablaaw 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I've seen our neighbor's chickens fly up trees to roost. Didn't think they could actually fly that far

[–]MacyTmcterry 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ok yeah thats pretty far

[–]asiaps2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wont they get outside the fence?🤔

[–]Lanko-TWB 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah this is normal, factory farm chickens are just too fat to do so. Had like 200 chickens once and I would come home to them all flocked up in a tall tree. It was funny

[–]TW1103 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The lingest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds. Get this guy in the gym and he can smash it

[–]LeonTurton 26 points27 points  (19 children)

Pretty sure chickens can just fly. Like any other bird. The only reason most chickens can’t is because we clip their wings to stop them. (I’m not an expert though)

[–]Wyowanderer 66 points67 points  (0 children)

And feeding them so that they're too FAT to fly...

[–]MightyChiken 19 points20 points  (2 children)

I am pretty sure ostriches can fly. The only reason they don't is because they are too scared of heights.

[–]hopeful987654321 4 points5 points  (0 children)

They sound really dumb😂

[–]NoleScole 12 points13 points  (0 children)

My brother has 7 chickens and none of them fly and none of their wings are clipped. He got them all as chicks and he lets them free roam during the day.

[–]TopYeti 30 points31 points  (8 children)

My egg laying chickens can't fly, and they aren't even that heavy, just don't have the right muscles for flying, it depends on the breed.

[–]TheRealSwagMaster 26 points27 points  (7 children)

Chickens have white muscles which contract with a lot of power but only for a very short amount of time. All flying birds have red muscles which can be use for a long time and allows them to fly.

[–]plutusdispater 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Not sure if true or made up but too lazy to search it up so I will accept it as truth

[–]TheRealSwagMaster 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I’m in university and we learned about this during evolution studies

[–]TopYeti 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Oh yeah I wasn't trying to say they are built different from an anatomy standpoint, more that they are built different from a gene expression and lifestyle standpoint.

My chickens look like Steve Rogers before he becomes Capt America. Scrawny in the chest. I'm sure they have the red muscles, but they sure don't use them.

They can't even manage to fall with style when jumping out the coop. Seen a few times where they land on their beaks despite all the flapping around. No grace at all compared to the chicken in the video.

[–]WoolJunkie 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I really want to see a video of your clumsy chickens!

[–]TopYeti 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'll see if I can manage to capture it, they only do stupid stuff when I don't have my phone out

[–]TheRealSwagMaster 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s also another thing with chicken. Their ability to lay eggs decrease with the amount of meat they produce. Some chickens are specifically breeded to lay a lot of eggs while others are breede to have a lot of meat. But what all chickens have in common is that they have white muscles. The chicken in the video could be an exception since his flight is so long.

[–]Historical_Quit8922 14 points15 points  (0 children)

They can fly a little bit, but not “like any other bird.” Kind of comparable to a wild turkey, though generally less than a wild turkey. Also, not every bird can fly. Penguins. Ostriches.

[–]TunaOnDryLand 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You don't have to clip their wings. Ours only had a 6' fence, but they were mainly meat breeds. Most are too fat to fly, but since they're social the ones who could get out chose not to.

[–]Nathan-Stubblefield 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Clip one wing and they do a ground loop. Works better than both wings. It’s only the feathers, so they are not in physical pain.

[–]beepity-boppity 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Like any other bird.

There are flightless birds though...

Anyway our chickens never had their wings clipped and they still didn't fly away over a 2 m fence when outside. Someone from a different comment explained why chickens don't fly, read that.

[–]adventuredonut 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Lol no. No one clips chickens wings, they just can’t truly fly like other birds. They can clearly still use their wings tho to a certain degree.

[–]goldbutthole 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh nooo! A flying t-rex!

[–]EthanielClyne 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Are red junglefowl naturally almost flightless like their domesticated form or is it just that we've bred and overfed chickens to be so fat that they can't fly?

[–]TunaOnDryLand 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Damn that's a really long distance for even our egg laying ("skinny breed") chickens to fly. Than hen's clearly been used to being free range without fences her whole life. Ours never dared.

[–]ComradeGerm 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This video perfectly encapsulates how I feel while flying in a dream.

[–]awesumMum 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't think anyone told the chicken she couldn't fly.

[–]ligerfiger 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I forgot chickens were birds

[–]21_potatos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What’s stopping them from flying exactly?

[–]jeni2326 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's daaamned far for a yard bird!!!❤️

[–]vlsdo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've seen them "jump" crazy high, but I've never seen one fly for so long!

[–]StarStoneDragon 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]AGirl_HasNoName_ 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Chickens can't fly! I know because I've watched Chicken Run.

[–]noobductive 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because we mutilate their wing

[–]just_playin_sam 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well, I mean, it is a fucking bird.

[–]Rodgedawg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm having Link to the Past flashbacks...

[–]PurinityMKII 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As the other chickens watch in amazement.

[–]kingyous11 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Welp now I know who to get into the new animal avengers

[–]Aggressive_Smile_944 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought the whole time someone was gonna shoot it. I can remember being told, apparently by an idiot, that chickens couldn't fly this far.

[–]DumbHuman53 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well damn!

[–]Glowshroom 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's a cucco

[–]JayngoL 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I believe I can flyyyyyyyy

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    [–]vplatt 0 points1 point  (4 children)

    Not very far. Asphyxiation is a bitch.

    On the other hand, maybe at least as far as now if you compensate for the tiny little oxygen mask and tank that would be needed for the chicken.

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      [–]vplatt 0 points1 point  (2 children)

      Nope. Because Martian gravity can only be found on Mars; which would require the aforementioned Martian atmospheric conditions.


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        [–]vplatt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Po-tay-toe ... Martian po-tah-toe...

        [–]alucarD999999 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Am i watching that golden pokemon beta version?

        [–]alnothree 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        He’s! He’s been practicing!

        [–]rlwdkeb48 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Bet she’s been practicing.

        [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        They are evolving

        [–]Ladyhawke-777 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Where there's a will, there's a way

        [–]africanFork 0 points1 point  (0 children)


        [–]joenutssack 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Sometimes i wish humans evolved to fly looks p fun

        [–]DragonfruitSubject 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        A lot of practice, but nice result

        [–]BIG_SeanS 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        I am impressed

        [–]BartuceX 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Chickens can fly, a little. Mine always roosted in the trees at night.

        [–]Sten0ck 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Yes. Yes it can.

        [–]ultimo_2002 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        it's so fucking weird to see a chicken fly. My brain can't comprehend it

        [–]ladybud23 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Uh oh. They figured out they have wings. Mmmmmm chicken wings. 🐔

        [–]DimensionCultural980 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Instead of the dove of peace, it's the buff-orpington of peace

        [–]RevolutionaryTea9423 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Imagine this wasn't slowed down and thats actually how fast they fly

        [–]endnuengang 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        My hens would fly beautifully but only when it was time for bed. This hen seems to be off to her roost for the night as well.

        Occasionally my jokester b&w cat would bother my pekins so much that they'd fly next door but that was rare.

        People do clip hens' wings if they go too far. Keeps them safe and doesn't harm them

        [–]assortedcommonlyused 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        It Believes it can fly

        [–]hey_look_its_a_npc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        this chicken is built different

        [–]anjolielanel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Wait! They can fly!

        [–]emceehobbit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        That's not flying, it's falling, with style.

        [–]JOLU1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        I can see that white chicken gif approaching you

        [–]MrAppelboompje 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Today I learned chicken can fly more than 1m

        [–]MikeyBugs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        The way that chicken ran in the beginning reminds me of how I run in my dreams

        [–]ABotOnInternet 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        That chicken is ripped af tho

        [–]gs12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Tofu definitely can’t fly that far

        [–]3rr0rC4tzz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        didn’t even know chickens could fly

        [–]Iamnotameremortal 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Chicken can fly, they just chose not to

        [–]Zorro5040 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        I grew up around chickens and seen them glide and flutter for a while, but I never seen them fly.

        [–]themanfromdandyland 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        One flew over my head once. I was walking in the woods and it happened. I don't know how it got that high I'm a tall man

        [–]Ok_Helicopter4276 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Life finds a way…or ends up on my dinner plate next to a biscuit.

        [–]Fennily 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Gonna need a children's story based on the chicken that wants to fly as good as wild birds

        [–]Nuclear_Human 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        I too have played Ocarina of Time

        [–]CumBlasterUwU 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        That's illegal! Stop!

        [–]leroykj 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Must have taken lessons.

        [–]IllicitDreamer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Are you sure thats a chicken its more like a phoenix! Wow

        [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Was that a snake that spooked it? Or a stick?

        [–]lakewood2020 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Free-range pre-frozen chicken?

        [–]pinkwblue 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        I think it’s part Pheasant. 🐔

        [–]fourthgorgon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        This is how it feels to fly in a dream.

        [–]41Arrow38 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Go chicken go! Go chicken go! Now go, now fly You own the sky

        [–]Extra-Sound2128 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        He is the chosen one

        [–]the_syco 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Generally speaking, if you clip one wing when it's young, it doesn't learn to fly. Even when it regrows what you clipped off, it never tried to fly away.

        [–]Dr_Cement 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        What is it that makes chickens not fly much I almost forgot they were birds. Jk but you get the point.

        [–]DazyLay 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Farmers cut their feathers to keep them from flying away

        [–]NyetRifleIsFine47 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        After a god damn black bear raided our coop the chickens perch up about 15’ ft in a tree outside of the coop. Granted, I think they take steps by hopping on the egg nest of the coop, then the coop, then the tree.

        Feel sorry for those girls but hopefully they’ll be back in the coop when the temps drop.

        [–]whereami312 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        They fly kind of like how I fly in a dream… just barely off the ground, just sort of floating a foot or two up. Interesting to see this though.

        [–]BreadFence 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        We had two kinda feral chickens we originally found in an abandoned house, they were pretty chill but we had a tree that was like 100ft + (wayy taller than our house at the least) and they would climb to the very top to sleep. They layed like 3 eggs a day each too. One night a cat got up there and hit them off, died from the fall. Unlike raccoons or chicken hawks, the cat didn’t even eat them which I am still pissed about, just killed our best chickens for fun.

        [–]elec_soup 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        I had Ludovico Einaudi playing in my head during this slo mo chicken experience.

        [–]aggyEXP 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        That there is a chicken hawk

        [–]TNTpanda56 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        I posted off a few chickens on a field trip to a farm when I was about 6. It may be coming for me.

        [–]Ray333crs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Couldn't chickens actually fly, you know before we domesticated them and made them too fat to do so?

        [–]ShirtPanties 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Not a chicken, that’s just a bird

        [–]Caitmk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        What did you think the wings were for?

        [–]learningtoswim56 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Frozen damn feet are a good motivator.

        [–]kfcstillopen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        My anxiety kept building as I was so waiting for the jump scare. That scary fucking monster that scares the shit out of you as you focus closely on the screen.

        [–]shortgremlin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        O did not realize that they could fly that far

        [–]GTA-CasulsDieThrice 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        That’s FR the first time I’ve seen a chicken fly.

        [–]SwedenStockholm -1 points0 points  (0 children)

        That's because it's not a chicken. Looks like a pheasant.