Is it possible for a chicken to die from the stress of being chased?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by growyourbrew, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. growyourbrew

    growyourbrew Chirping

    Jul 17, 2012
    I read that chickens can stop laying for a while from the stress of being chased by a dog. Can they die from that stress?

  2. Ibicella

    Ibicella Songster

    Nov 13, 2009
    Everett, WA
    Yes, absolutely.
  3. megwidmer

    megwidmer In the Brooder

    Apr 19, 2013
    One of my first ameraucanas did after my dog chased her. He had her in his mouth but was trained to have a soft mouth so although she was alive when I got her back, she died about an hour later, seemingly in shock.
  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Even a human can cause such losses in extreme heat. As a kid I used catch some of my game stags by literally running them down which required a sustained run by me approaching 15 minutes. Humans are really good at such relative to other animals, especially when it is hot outside. I also ran down some Rhode Island Reds that did not roost in building where they could be found. The Rhode Island Reds were much less capable of dumping heat and quickly got to the point where they seemed forget where they were going and would suddenly start running in a straight line even when I was about to grab them. More than one then simply laid down in the open but would keep going if I pused the issue. I learned quickly that recovery from such was much quicker if chase ended with capture well before the point they seemed to forget I was there. Same birds during winter where much more capable and did not seem to get delirious. The delirium was likely a step shy of death. Also when stags got into major fights on hot days, death when occurred was too rapid to come from actual battle damage.
  5. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

    Apr 1, 2007
    N. Carolina
    Yes. My silkies are not used to children and we had "family" over one day. I saw one of the kids chasing my favorite white hen and told her to stop. Two days later she was dead. If the chickens aren't used to chaos and disruption they can die.

  6. growyourbrew

    growyourbrew Chirping

    Jul 17, 2012
    Wow. I'm so sorry to hear about your silkie :(. I didn't even think that they could die from being chased by kids!! :(

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