frozen in fear??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by krjwaj, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. krjwaj

    krjwaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens were outside in their coop...totally frozen for at least 5 minutes. 3 out of 4 sat down eventually but the other stayed standing.
    DH thought he heard a hawk in the distance.
    Can 3 month old pullets pick up on this 'distant danger'? They are protected anyway.
    What else could have been the reason for playing statue?
     
  2. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    Minnesota
    I have heard of other animals going absolutely still at the presence of perceived danger so I imagine chickens could sense this as well with a same reaction?
     
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Here's the thing. They don't KNOW they are protected so they instintually act upon a perceived threat. My babies, when they see Big Scary Hand coming toward them all go to one corner and huddle. So silly!
     

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