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Hunter hens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MichelleT, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. MichelleT

    MichelleT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2014
    Denver, CO
    My son called me out to the yard today to listen to one of the hens... he said that she wouldn't return to the run and that she "sounds like a machine gun" and sure enough, she did! It wasn't her breathing though, it was like she was talking in really short, rapid clucks.

    After observing her behavior we noticed that she was extremely interested in an area under the deck where two (what appeared to be) mouse holes were. Do chickens HUNT? I mean, we see them scratch for bugs all the time, but they always get their prey almost immediately. Is it possible that she saw a mouse and was excited?
  2. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2014
    Sanilac County,Michigan
    If it moves and it's small they'll go after it.
  3. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member


    Need I say more? This one actually played with the mouse like a cat does before finishing it off.
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  4. MichelleT

    MichelleT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2014
    Denver, CO
    :D. I know that they'll kill and eat mice, I'm just curious about the hen's behavior... her weird machine-gun-like clucking.
  5. hennible

    hennible Overrun With Chickens

    I bet it was that " theres something good to eat here" sound...
    Video tape it if you get a chance.

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