chickens like playing under trees

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Katzinthehat, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. Katzinthehat

    Katzinthehat In the Brooder

    Jan 3, 2009
    hey, just recently, our 7 chickens started roaming away from the coop area(our chickens just started to free range and explore)

    anyway, we have this giant short-needled pine tree a few feet from our coop and they love to scratch around and peck under the tree.

    i want to know, has anyone else encountered this behavior or heard of it?
    is it normal for chickens to want to play under the branches that reach the ground?

  2. Perfectly normal. [​IMG]
  3. basicliving

    basicliving Keepin' the sunny side up

    Mar 20, 2008
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    Absolutely normal. Mine play under trees, bushes, my husband's truck, the back hoe, in the garden, in my flowers, under my husband's boat, IN my husband's boat...... Well you get the idea. They play everywhere. You have normal chickens!
  4. elliemay0305

    elliemay0305 Songster

    Dec 27, 2008
    they are finding good juicy bugs under there [​IMG] [​IMG]

  5. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Songster

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    I agree - totally normal and not only are there good bugs, but they feel safer and more sheltered there. I don't think they're all that crazy about being out in the wide open where anything could get them at any moment. Granted, they will get used to it (we only have an open grassy area for them with only baby trees right now), but mine like to graze under anything... brambles, shrubs, etc.
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2009
  6. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Songster

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    lisa said it,,,,shelter. Mine like it in the summer for the cool shade and bugs and a place to go quick if a hawk is flying above. Normal.

    BTW [​IMG]
  7. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I have to call mine home sometimes for treats because they are out playing in the woods. They stay out there all day in the summer

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