Chicken obsessed with getting in the house

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by plottster, Jun 17, 2016.

  1. plottster

    plottster Out Of The Brooder

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    Currently we have about seven chickens and six of them act like what I believe is how chickens are supposed to act. Our chickens age range from 6 months to 1 ½ years and they are a mixed flock (2 Leg horns, 1 Easter egger, 1 Wyandotte, 1 Buff Orpington, 1 New Hampshire red and the rooster is some hybrid blue chuchu or something like that. So the Boss is one of the Leghorns and her name is Smiley she was the first chicken to let us pet her. All the other chickens eventually came around and follow us around the yard now too. However Smiley has recently become obsessed with trying to get into the garage or house. When I go out in the morning to let them out to free range and give them treats she will just ignore them and make a mad dash for the garage door (that I always forget to close). She even has begun “knocking” (pecking) and the doors and windows. I was just curious if anyone else had ever run across this and if they figured out what the chicken was after. I am beginning to believe she truly wants to move inside with the rest of the family! See attached photo of her stalking/peeping tom action.
    Dang Smiley recently slipped in the basement with the dog somehow and had a flipping field day in the meal worms that I had been raising…grrrr. However, her actions have been going on well prior to this event.

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  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    There was another post not too long ago where someone had a whole flock of chickens that would stalk the house and knock on the door.

    Maybe Smiley wants to come inside to lay her eggs? Maybe she thinks she's a person? Who knows, chickens are weird sometimes :D
     
  3. graygiant

    graygiant Out Of The Brooder

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    Smiley reminds me of 2 Rhode Island Reds we had several years ago . . . they loved riding in the car with me to town to pick my kids up from school! They would perch on the back of the back seat and ride there just as happy as can be for the full 15 mile round trip to and from school. They were always delighted to see the kids (just the same as a dog would be) and never once could I find any sign of poo in my car! I've raised a lot of different species of animals and they all turn out sort of "special" because I pamper them, but these 2 little hens were probaby my weirdest pets ever! I think Smiley just decided that she likes you and wants to be where you are! [​IMG]
     

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