Can Chickens Swim?


  • Chickens do not enjoy swimming but will do it if they have to
  • Nevertheless, chickens have been known to drown in buckets of water and horse troughs
  • Unlike water birds, chickens don’t have waterproof feathers and quickly become waterlogged
  • Although they have light bones for flying and will float, panicking can cause them to drown
  • Chickens rarely enter bodies of water voluntarily and grumble when it rains

Want more evidence?
Vet Without Borders: Can Chickens Swim?
BackYardChickens Forum – swimming chicken pics
Chicken Diary: Can Chickens Swim?
Madsci Network: Can chickens float and can they swim?

Have you seen one swim? Let us know below.

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