Chicken attacking red-capped bottle

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Petra Pancake, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. Petra Pancake

    Petra Pancake Chillin' With My Peeps

    Funny thing happened today: Because it's a freezing cold night, I put just before sunset a plastic bottle filled with warm water into my Bantam coop to warm the thing up a bit. (We don't usually have frost here, so I don't have any heating system or electricity for the chickens.) My timid, shy little Japanese Bantam hen got accidentally stubbed a bit by the bottle and she started pecking at it furiously - not her usual style at all. The bottle had a red plastic cap and she pecked especially at that. Could it be that she thought the red-capped plastic bottle was some weird sort of intruding chicken? [​IMG]
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Chickens are attracted to the color red. That's why it's used on feeders and waterers, and that's why they will often continue to peck at a bleeding bird. Red is the color of the combs and wattles which are used visually to tell whether another bird is in breeding condition.

    That is funny though, she is a feisty little hen who should be a good mom.
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