Are chickens colorblind?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CityGirlintheCountry, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    It came up yesterday and I didn't know. Can they see color?

  2. key west chick

    key west chick Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    I know they see red![​IMG] Go in with sandles and red toe polish and see what happens!
  3. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

    Aug 17, 2008
    Yes, they can see color. Many chicken experiments involve the chicken choosing a target of a certain color over targets of different colors in the same shade (so one can't argue that they see it in shades of gray).
  4. bkbuz1987

    bkbuz1987 In the Brooder

    Aug 29, 2008
    I have a red hoodie I wear sometimes in the morning and my Roo loves it. He dances and a bit more wildly. So I would say yes and he he likes me to wear red. [​IMG]
  5. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    yep, they see colors and birds see ultraviolet colors too!
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2008
  6. lizard7

    lizard7 In the Brooder

    May 14, 2008
    They must see color, my chickens go wild over red grapes, could care less for green grapes.
  7. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Gloucester, VA
    I read somewhere that birds have 4 rods (or is it cones, whichever it is that preceives color). Humans only have 3. Maybe can see more different colors than we do?
  8. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    I agree with everyone else. They must see color. When I walk up to the run with my little red bucket of water or treats, they go nutty.
  9. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    Well isn't all this interesting! Chickens potentially see color BETTER than we do. If they can see unltraviolet I wonder if they can see infrared as well?

    The cones in our eyes respond to the three lighting primary colors- Red Green Blue. I wonder what the fourth cone in chicken eyes responds to. That'd be interesting to know.

    Sterling Acres- Have you tried switching the bucket to one of a different color? I wonder if it's the bucket they associate with treats or the color?
  10. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    Our treat tray is red and boy oh boy do they see that!!!

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