The longest continuous period of time a chicken has been seen flying is 13 seconds as of 2014. A chicken has been known to fly as far as 301.5 feet.
Large breasts have been purposely developed into domestic chickens, and the additional weight from this muscle tissue makes it challenging for hens to fly. Domestic chickens are also taught to remain around the roost and refrain from taking flight, which prevents them from gaining highly developed flying skills.
The Red Junglefowl is the ancestor of the domestic chicken. Red Junglefowl search for food on the ground in the wild, but they roost on trees. These savannah birds have fair sprinting and flight abilities.