Hens afraid to leave the Run

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

  1. Chuk

    Chuk New Egg

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    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

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    [​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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