is my chicken is smart?


9 Years
Jul 4, 2010
I'd like to think so. Here's the story. Last night, I was sitting at our diningroom table helping my daughter with her homework. It was dark out. By this time, the chickens are normally in their coop, and I don't go out and lock it until I've put the kids to bed and cleaned up the kitchen, etc. Our table is right next to the glass door that opens to the deck. I happen to look over and there's Annie, my SLWyandotte, pacing at the door, looking in at us. None of the chickens have ever gone up to the deck, which is about 8 ft. off the ground. I go out, pick her up to bring her back down and put her in the coop. As I get to the bottom of the stairs I hear 'Peep', my 2 month old Silkie. So I'm carrying Annie and Peep's following me to the coop. I get there and no one else is in there either! (I have 5). I put them in the coop, but left it open. As I'm looking around for the others, Annie came back out of the coop and ran back up to the deck, as if to look too. Then I spot something; right there in front of me is a stray cat eating my 2 month old silkie/cochin mix, 'Hillary'. It didn't run, even though I was less than a foot away from it and yelling. It didn't even stop eating. Finally, I threw something at it and it took off. I call into my husband. He came down and helped find the other two, which were both unharmed, but in two opposite directions, sleeping.

Annie really amazed me. I thought maybe she got chased up onto the deck, but then decided against that idea when I remembered that she'd gone up there a second time after I put her in the coop. So I don't know. I'd like to say she was coming to get me, but I think she was just looking for the others. Also, still amazing.

And do you think it's odd that none of them went into the coop? If they were out during the attack, then why wouldn't they have gone in the coop? If they were in the coop during the attack, wouldn't they still be there? I'm thinking maybe the cat either was in the coop when they went in, or the cat went in AFTER they were already in. I'd like to figure it out.

For now, my logical solution (since I don't always have the time nor wits to remember to close the door at a specific time...4 little kids) is to make sure the dogs are outside at dusk and until I close the coop door. They, for sure, would've scared that cat off their territory. Unfortunately, they were inside at the time : (


10 Years
Mar 31, 2009
SouthEast Texas
That's so neat - how she came to find you. I'm going to go ahead and believe that she came to find you.

Chickens also sometimes just "go towards the light", so that might also have had something to do with it.

Still, i'm sorry for your loss.

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