Following a Free-range Chicken from Roost in Morning to Roost at Night

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by centrarchid, Sep 21, 2019.

  1. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    This is already getting interesting. My student is being tasked with following a single bird each day recording location, habitat type and activity every 15 minutes. She is learning how to be a field biologist even though will grow up to be a medical doctor. This will give her some cool stories to relate to patients needing a diversion. She is also getting to see wildlife most people miss.

    Great-horned owl watching chickens student is concerned with.
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    Chickens hiding in pen from owl.
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    Later in day a hen with 7 juvenile offspring foraging across road.
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    Two full-sibling brothers separated by brood hatch dates of about 60 days. Oldest hatched Easter. They will look very similar as adults.
    20190921_174043.jpg Student watching chickens going to roost in persimmon tree at end of day. My daughter is imitating her writing in her own lab book. Daughter in kindergarten so what is being written will be cool to see. 20190921_185831.jpg
     
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  2. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Partially Enlightened

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    Where is the dog's lab book?
     
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  3. Morrigan

    Morrigan Free Ranging

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    Excellent question.
     
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  4. hkb

    hkb Chirping

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    Fieldwork is so fun, what a great way to learn :love
     
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  5. Perris

    Perris Crowing

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    :gig :yuckyuck
     
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  6. Oh, this is wonderful! I can’t give up free ranging just for this reason. I love to see what the chickens are up to. Will you share the completed study with us?
     
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  7. DiYMama540

    DiYMama540 Crowing

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    :lau:gigLove your daughter making her own notes! That will definitely be something to see when she's finished!

    As for my own study...I've been seriously playing with the idea of equipping my duck hen with a GoPro for the day in an attempt to find her hidden nest! True "birds eye view"
     
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  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    Dog has no note taking duties. She is like me, responsible for logistical support. I have to setup a couple hours early to get write-in-the-rain paper and sharp pencils. Dog helps student find front porch where supplies will be left. We busy bees.
     
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  9. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    Yesterday morning student said that as flock flew from tree, the pullet targeted for day actually landed in her lap. Bit of a scare. Student also surprised by all of the commotion as the birds left tree. She did not realized they fly so much. She was 50 feet from tree and pullet flew in a curve to get to her.
     
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  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Interesting!
    Will y'all take into account the observers impact on the birds behaviors?
     
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