Although they do not particularly like water, chickens are able to swim. They can float and paddle just like a duck and swim their way to safety. No need for the webbed feet, they are capable swimming creatures all the same. Many try to argue that there is no way that this is possible, but it has been proven time and again, that these animals can swim if necessary. They are buoyant and do not need to be taught to swim as we humans do, when placed in water they have that natural instinct to swim ashore.