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Do chickens sense pregnancy?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by amaevans, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. amaevans

    amaevans Hatching

    Nov 15, 2013
    All of a sudden my chickens have become extremely frightened of me!

    As soon as I go outside they all scream and run away! The roster is the leader of the pack and egging them on! They won't even respond to food to lure them in!

    They are being normal with my partner, and he is feeding them just fine!

    At first I thought it was a pink polker dot dress I was wearing........ Weird I know........ But they did it today again... So maybe it's because they sense I'm pregnant????

    What do you think?


  2. GuppyTJ

    GuppyTJ Songster

    Mar 13, 2013
    My Coop
    Weird... I notice that when I wear something different, like a raincoat with a hood, it takes them a minute to recognize me. But once I talk/call to them, they know it's me and everything is normal again. Or, when I leave for a week and my husband takes care of them, when I come back, it takes them a few minutes to warm up to me again. Chickens don't like new things, as I'm sure you've noticed. It takes them a bit to accept new things. I gave mine a flock block recently and it took them a few minutes to realize it was a great, big tasty treat. When they were chicks, every new food was a mystery and they would act afraid of it until a brave one took a taste and then they'd all follow along.

    Another example is I moved their roost from one side of the coop to the other. In the summer, the roost sits right in front of the hardware cloth doors so they can catch the breeze. In the winter, I slide it over 10 feet away from the doors where it is warmer and so they will not be in the draft. That first night, once I've moved the roost, oh the commotion! Takes them about 1/2 hour to figure out where the roost went and to get up on it and settle down. Sheesh. The second night... no problem at all.

    Funny little chickens. It could be your be the polka dot dress. Maybe it's the baby bump that is confusing them? :)

    Last edited: Nov 15, 2013
  3. sofiechickenmomma

    sofiechickenmomma Hatching

    Jan 21, 2018

    First of all, congratulations on your pregnancy! I am 13 weeks along with my first and I SWEAR my chickens knew I was pregnant before I did. I couple of days before I took my test my girls started acting very protective of me. They lost all sense of personal space and would press their bodies against mine (kind of like a hug, I guess), follow me around the yard, and try to get as close to me as possible. This has been going on since! Their abrupt change in behavior literally happened over night and my pregnancy is the only thing I can think of that could have caused it.

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