How well can chickens see in the twilight?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom

    JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our birds will walk right into our legs at twilight. Is it that they cannot see well? Or are they too drowsy to avoid us? THey seem to see the roost well enough to get up there after we put them into a slightly darker coop...
     
  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    They do not see well in the dark or at dusk/dawn. They can see...just not really well. Nothing to worry about if they're bumping into you, but they DO typically go to roost before it gets too dark for them to see.
     
  3. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    We have a light in the coop which is a beacon as the girls come in each evening from their free range activity in about a 10 minute period. If they have a little trouble with the upcoming darkness, they come to us, then follow us as we go to the coop to close it up for the night.
     

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