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I was just out in the coop with my girls checking for eggs. They were busy foraging and eating some lettuce when I noticed that they all suddenly froze, in the exact same position, and didn't move a single muscle. The pack leader was making some sort of cooing like noise. They stayed like this for several minutes and then went right back to what they were doing before. I know it wasn't there predator warning. What on earth was it?!
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They spotted an aerial predator, you should have looked up with to see if it was anything to be concerned about.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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I was just out in the coop with my girls checking for eggs. They were busy foraging and eating some lettuce when I noticed that they all suddenly froze, in the exact same position, and didn't move a single muscle. The pack leader was making some sort of cooing like noise. They stayed like this for several minutes and then went right back to what they were doing before. I know it wasn't there predator warning. What on earth was it?!

:welcome

 

I'll have to echo the aerial predator comment.  It may not be an actual predator but only a blue jay or even a 747 but chickens are very attuned to the skies and the things therein.

Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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I was just out in the coop with my girls checking for eggs. They were busy foraging and eating some lettuce when I noticed that they all suddenly froze, in the exact same position, and didn't move a single muscle. The pack leader was making some sort of cooing like noise. They stayed like this for several minutes and then went right back to what they were doing before. I know it wasn't there predator warning. What on earth was it?!


They have seen a bird of pray in the sky.

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You should have seen mine the other day when a fighter jet flew about 800 feet above my house.

 

Holy(I wish we could curse on this forum) let me just say, it was LOUD!

Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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Howdy tscha1 and Welcome to BYC

 

Yep, I totally agree with the aerial predator comment also.

 

We have lived here for 5 years and I have never seen a Hawk until the weekend.  I was sitting with the gals all milling around me, having a lovely afternoon on Sunday when a couple of them came running up to me and started growling, some went for cover and the matriarch stood next to me growling and looking up.

 

It took me a while to spot it but yep, there was a Hawk, very high up and apparently just passing through.

 

I am amazed by their eyesight!  

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'There is No snooze button on a chicken who wants breakfast'

 

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My Chicken Page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bambrook-bantams

 

Teila's Tales from the Coop: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1109051/teilas-tales-from-the-coop

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Bambrook Bantams; Home to Cilla, Dusty, LuLu, Blondie and Crystal

 

'There is No snooze button on a chicken who wants breakfast'

 

'Until One Has Loved An Animal, Part Of Their Soul Remains Unawakened'

 

My Chicken Page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bambrook-bantams

 

Teila's Tales from the Coop: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1109051/teilas-tales-from-the-coop

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post #7 of 9

That has also happened while I was in the covered, enclosed run with my chickens. One may have spotted something outside in the trees, or sky, or far off up the hill, uttered the five note warning phrase, and every single one froze in place for a good thirty seconds before resuming their normal activities.

 

One word for the experience - spooky!

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Mine will spot a plane so high up it looks like a black speck when I find it.

The worst thing that ever happened was my wife losing a baloon out of the car trunk and it getting stuck in the top of the trees right in plain view of the chickens. They didn't trust that baloon for weeks. It's still there in all its deflated, shiny, big, and green glory. They give it the stink eye every now and then but have grown accustomed to it. It's way to high for me to get to and if anything provides a flashing self moving object to maybe deter birds of prey. That's what I tell myself anyway. But you would have thought a green monster was perched in the trees by their reaction lol. I was watching them when it happened behind my back. The alert went up and I see all their heads slowly rising up and up. That's when I turned and saw the baloon heading for the trees.
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It's kind of cute to see when this happens with a momma hen and a bunch of chicks.....it's like freeze tag :D. All those busy, chirping little chicks suddenly freeze and you'd swear they vanished. Then momma decides everything's okay, and it's business as usual.

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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