My chickens just froze......????

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dawnieworld, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. dawnieworld

    dawnieworld Out Of The Brooder

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    Looked out at the ladies and all of them were frozen in one spot. It was the strangest thing I have ever seen. I am a new chicken owner so I don't know all their funny little behaviors just yet. I'm assuming there was a predator nearby???? Has anyone else seen this before. They kind of looked like a deer caught in the head lights.



    Dawn
     
  2. gvntofly05

    gvntofly05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will do that if they spot a hawk. If they don't move they won't draw attention to themselves.
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    There was a perceived threat nearby. Someone called the warning and everyone froze. Depending on the type of predator - and they do know the difference - they either freeze or haul butt.
    Note: The perceived threat could have been you. Were you wearing something different? Different shoes perhaps? My rooster is not happy right now since I switched from my usual black coop boots to bright pink sandals.
     
  4. dawnieworld

    dawnieworld Out Of The Brooder

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    No, I just happened to look out the window to see what they were up to and I noticed them frozed like that. It was so wierrrrrd! Everyday is something different with them. They just crack me up. [​IMG]
     
  5. PriceFamilyFarms

    PriceFamilyFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    predator alert..in our case, usually means a hawk or turkey vulture overhead...
     
  6. emvickrey

    emvickrey ChowDown Silkie Farm

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    I agree, a flying predator. Watch your trees. You may need to scare it off to keep your birds safe.
     
  7. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:are turkey vulture a predator for full grown chickens I see vultures all the time my DH says that I don't have to worry should I be worrying thanks for the help.
     
  8. PriceFamilyFarms

    PriceFamilyFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:are turkey vulture a predator for full grown chickens I see vultures all the time my DH says that I don't have to worry should I be worrying thanks for the help.

    I'm not sure if they would be considered a predator or not. We seem to have alot of them nearby and I just know my chickens freeze when they are overhead...
     
  9. nanawendy

    nanawendy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had to laugh out loud when Mama signaled to our chicks when they were 10days old. They actually froze. I was so surprised.
     

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