Instincts for Survival

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Arielle, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. Arielle

    Arielle Crowing

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Just wanted to post something nice as I have read so many sad stories here.

    THis morning, a med sized hawk called it's arrival as it flew up the driveway, over the tops of trees to land in a very tall oak. A great perch to see all around looking for yummies. Especially as there are NO leaves to block the birds view!

    My hen was behind me as I watched this magnificent bird. I worried was it hungry? A juvenile? A parent looking to feed it's young? Where were the crows to drive it off?

    I turned away to continue with my farm chores and ,Guess what? Where was my hen? (THis hen was a hen housed in a coop her whole life and now had the run of my farm. ) She was under the car,head down, frozen like a statue! Good Girl!

    I coaxed her out and took her in the house . . . .my house. . . she hates to be put in her coop during the day . . . except to lay her egg of course! When we went outside a bit later, the hawk was gone! [​IMG]:weee
  2. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    I too am impressed with the natural instincts these chickens have managed to retain after 8,000 years of domestication. I always think it's impressive that chicks born in a hatchery and raised in a brooder with other chicks still respond to the alarm calls the adult roosters & hens make. When the roosters growl that bad word that means "hawk!" in gallus, even the chicks stop, shrink, and look to the sky.
    [​IMG] Great observation! Thank you for sharing the happy news!
  3. buckeyefever

    buckeyefever In the Brooder

    May 18, 2010
    Sunbury, OH
    I too, was absolutely amazed when my pullets did this for the first time last year. Never being exposed to a hawk and not having a "momma hen" to teach them, they automatically knew that hawk was an enemy and ran into their coop and hid under their nest boxes! Amazing!

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