I'm no farmer ... will tractor noise scare chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by backintime, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. backintime

    backintime Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My planned coop adjoins the spot where my husband parks his lawn tractor. I'm getting 8 egg layers and am hoping they will not all have heart attacks the first time he starts the thing up 6 feet from their coop. There's still time to relocate . . . (the tractor, hee hee)
     
  2. Cassandra

    Cassandra Ranger Rick

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    LOL Mine are alright. They don't like it. It makes them scatter in their pen. John doesn't park our tractor near the coop, but he does cut around it. They squawk and cut up, but as soon as he is gone, they have forgotten all about it.

    Cassandra
     
  3. backintime

    backintime Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, Cassandra. I feel better already!
     
  4. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    At first it will most likely scare them. They will have to learn what to expect.

    My chickens go crazy at the sound of the Tractor and the lawn mower. They chase the lawn mower catching whatever gets stirred up. The garden tractor is followed by 50+ chickens to help dig through the freshly turned soil. Have to be careful when making turns.

    Matt
     
  5. chickenranchwife

    chickenranchwife Chillin' With My Peeps

    Like Matt said it'll scare them at first, but they'll get used to it. When I brought the tractor and bailor in last summer the girls were curious to see what kind of treat I brought for them each time I came into the yard. What was so funny my DH had been hauling hay in on the trailer and one of the girls was on the trailer eating to her hearts desire, and didn't want to get off. It was so cute.
     
  6. backintime

    backintime Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, I like the idea of having them associate the noise with a TREAT! I'll load up my husband's pockets with sunflower seeds, and each time he passes by he can whip some into their run!
     
  7. countryboy

    countryboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    didn't bother mine at all, but they kept an eye on it while i used it.
     
  8. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    We had our log splitter set up about 25' from the coop and ran it frequently last fall. The first time we started it they were startled, but soon ignored the noise.
    They did watch us closely when we were splitting wood as we fed them all of the bugs and grubs we found. We even threw a couple of bug infested pieces of wood in the run and they had fun cleaning out the little critters. [​IMG]
     
  9. backintime

    backintime Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can hardly wait to try all these great ideas. Sounds like chickens are very, very curious above all else.
     
  10. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Mine follow the lawnmower, I think it makes more than the neighbors tractor.
     

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