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can chickens smell?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by jdsgirls, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. jdsgirls

    jdsgirls Hatching

    Feb 23, 2009
    The last bag of chicken feed I purchased (crumbles) had a mouse hole chewed in the bag. My chickens seem not to want to eat that feed... could they smell or somehow sense a mouse presence (even though the hole was small and mouse-entry was not made?

  2. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    If they found a mouse they'd just eat it too.
  3. 98 gt

    98 gt a man of many... chickens

    Jan 14, 2009
    Marshville NC
    mychickens can smell, in fact the can be down right stinky
  4. I've heard that chickens have a great sense of smell. [​IMG]
  5. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    I've been told over and over that birds have a horrible sense of smell. I believe that includes chickens. Contrary to popular belief most birds can't smell if you've handled their nests or eggs. They do however have much much better eye sight than ours and I believe good sense of taste. They will pick out differences in feed that we can't see and many species of birds can identify their own eggs from another birds by sight alone. If they are avoiding it from the mouse then most likely the feed looks wrong or tastes wrong to them.

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