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Chicken's night vision?

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by eeiko321, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. eeiko321

    eeiko321 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi guys

    ive got a a new coop i bought...(this is the one in the link) [​IMG]
    im wondering how good is thier visions at night or in the dark?

    because if you notice that there are 2 doors on the upstairs top floor theres a separate compartment ...obviously to occupy 2 chickens

    and ive only got 2, so one will have the caged area and the other would have the wooden door...
    ive modified that bit and covered the wired meshed door so the other one wont be cold that will roos there..

    however, since that, ive noticed its gone real dark in there

    so im wondering at night when its time to go to sleep...can they see in there?
     
  2. sussexgal

    sussexgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    All the references I've run across only say that chickens 'don't see well' at night. What that exactly means? Don't know. My flock (free range) will head to the coop while there is still ambient twilight to see by. I've noticed too that my older birds will coop themselves while there is much more light compared to my teenagers. Without scientific studies - just going by anecdotal speculation - this tells me that night vision declines as the chicken ages. Is this correct? Don't know. Just fun to hypothesize about [​IMG]
     
  3. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Chickens do not "see" in the dark. If you should scare them off their roost, they will huddle on the floor. This is one of the many reasons night attacks are common with preditors and also why preditors can wipe out a whole hen house in a night.
    Chickens do like a bit of light entering an area, this is why they roost at dusk, not dark.
    Good luck to you!
     
  4. Kesta

    Kesta Pie Crust Malfunction

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    those"chickens" look a lot like rabbits if you ask me
     
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  5. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    LOL..they look like rabbits to me too.

    Chickens do not see in the dark. If mine aren't roosted by dusk, they sleep on the floor.

    Jody
     
  6. eeiko321

    eeiko321 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:lol yeah it was just a pic of the coop in the website that was selling it...
    its sold as a rabbit/chicken coop...

    yeah i noticed they move very slowly in the dark

    thanks guys
     
  7. John plumb

    John plumb New Egg

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    My chickens act like big babies when it is getting dark. They make little nervous chirps before they get settled down, I have a roost in the coup it may be a little high but they have a ramp they can use to get up to it. It leads to a platform with the nesting boxes. Though the roost is at the same level.
     

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