chickens vision

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chick-e-chick, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. chick-e-chick

    chick-e-chick Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 21, 2008
    This probably sounds silly, but do chickens look at what is front of them or what is to the side of them? I can't tell, sometimes they seem to look straight ahead, but sometimes they seem to turn their head sideways to look at something....any ideas? I can't make my mind up!!!!!
  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    That's an interesting question; I've noticed the same thing, and just assumed their eyesight is similar to that of a horse - a horse cannot see directly in front of it, unless the item they're trying to see if at least 2' ahead. I bet chickens are the same, but the distance in front would be much shorter since they're so much smaller than a horse. I'm curious what others will say! [​IMG]
  3. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    From what I remember, chickens have almost a 360 degree vision except in the front and back of their heads. So I guess you could say it is like a horse. This also explains why they bob their heads when they run or are scared so that they can see all around and why its so hard to catch them [​IMG]

    Hopefully someone with a more detailed explanation will come on.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2008

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