Behavior and weather

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by UNCLEG, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. UNCLEG

    UNCLEG Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello. just a quick question or opinion request.

    My normally docile, quiet, could care less about the guy feeding them hens, all of a sudden started freaking out today. Flying erradically around the pens like someone was chasing them.

    Anyway do you guess it could have something to do with the weather, I'm on the east coast, SC to be exact, any of you reckon it could have something to do with the possiable tropical weather we may be getting in the next day or so??

    G
     
  2. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Could they have seen a predator that you didn't? Or been frightened of something they aren't used to?
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:That would be my first guess too. Something that you're not aware of probably spooked them.
     
  4. chicksinthemachine

    chicksinthemachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they laying yet? If not they may start soon, I have an EE my husband calls Crazy Lacey she is gonna start laying soon and she has started the same reaction to me too. I was told they are getting into the hen stage and are confused. Just my opinion.
     
  5. UNCLEG

    UNCLEG Out Of The Brooder

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    The hens in that pen are all 2-3 years of age... Yall may be right something may have spooked them before I got home.

    Thanx.
    G
     
  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    I suspect you have a predator lurking around.
     
  7. chicksinthemachine

    chicksinthemachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could try putting a light outside the coop at night to try to ward off some predators it seems to work at our house. Plus you can see them if there are preds lurking about.
     

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