Hens Run From Fan ?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 4estgump, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. 4estgump

    4estgump In the Brooder

    Apr 14, 2009
    Anderson Co. KY
    I have a chicken tractor, with 2 hens in it. We have had 100 degree weather for weeks. We use frozen gal. water jugs in the run and the coop. I have a regular house fan that i take out and set it about 10' from the run. I turn it on low. The hens run up and into the coop and stay there until i turn it off. The fan is not loud at all. Can anyone tell me why this happens?
    Thank You 4est
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    They're just afraid of the fan because it's new...........they will get used to it if you just leave it in place.
  3. Arundodonax

    Arundodonax Hatching

    Mar 12, 2010
    Probably for the same reason my chickens and ducks cowered in the corner when I use pine shavings instead of straw. You'd thought I had spread broken glass all over their run! After just a bit, they did venture out into the shavings.
  4. Lotsapaints

    Lotsapaints Songster

    Mar 17, 2010
    Paso Robles, CA
    I turned the fan on and they all hid under the hover the first day (it must have been pretty warm under there too) after that they seemed to enjoy the breeze and don't mind. I figured since the fan was up high it could have been a predator you just never know. When you try something new the birds are not going to like it at first

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