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 Let It Snow Premium Member

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    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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