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Unexplainable Fear of Blue Things!?

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Hi! This kind of a wierd post, but my chickens have an unexplainable fear ofblue things. They were like this, ever since I got them wich is almost three months ago now. It started with a blue bucket, but then I realised that it is everything blue. They freak out every time. I was just wondering if anyone else had this problem and what I can do about it.

Thanks!
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Ha!!  Mine freak out over bright reddish pink!!  

 

I guess if you really want to train them not to be afraid of blue things, you'd try basic desensitizing techniques.  Maybe leave something small (blue) in the coop/run with them.  Let them avoid it at first, then over the course of several days they will probably pay no attention to it.  Then leave something bigger in there - like the blue bucket or something, and do the same thing.  Maybe even throw some scratch around the blue object.  Maybe wear a blue shirt/jacket and sit there for a while (if they're friendly birds)...feeding them treats.  Most likely they will eventually pay no attention to blue.

 

I just don't wear that color - of course if/when family or friends visit and are wearing that color - the birds still freak...lol.

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Thanks! That's a great idea. I will definatly try it. Hope it works!
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