Hens afraid to leave the Run

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chuk, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. Chuk

    Chuk New Egg

    Sep 14, 2013
    Collierville TN
    Six weeks ago I bought 10 5month old hens. After a week in the coop & run I opened the gate for them to free range during the day. All went well for about a month as they ranged over half of my 2 acer lot. About a week or so ago I noticed after opening the gate that the chickens would come out but only for a short time then return to the run and actually spend most of the day inside the run under the coop which is about 3 feet off the ground. When they do leave the run now they stay within 20 -25 yards of their home.

    I heard a hawk and saw one overhead a few weeks ago. Could this be what has changed the chickens behavior?
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] My gut instinct says that either they have survived a predator attack or they are aware of a predator in the area.

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