Yesterday I spent the whole day with my birds, all normal and well... Then, a problem came up (nothing related with the chickens) and I got somewhat upset. I mean, I became nervous but I didn't yell or do anything strange. I was just talking about it with a friend who was with me when, suddenly, one bird became very depressed, went into the coop and sat there, looking ill. After I noticed that, I became even more nervous and, in a couple of minutes, another chicken started walking around like drunk, tumbling over her own feet... After another few minutes, a third chicken was crawling around, like her legs were numb (?!). Finally, I became so scared of it, I ran to call for help and left my friend tending the birds. When I came back with my boyfriend and with a box to carry them to the vet, all was normal again.
Now, the thing is: my friend and I had been watching the chickens all the time and there were no accidents, no fights, well-behaved cockerels, everyone eating & playing normally, no rats in sight... What the hell happened?! We were so startled, eventually, we thought the chickens could somehow be affected by my state of mind, is this even possible? I know they are empathic but this much!?