My girls just froze......

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tscha1, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. tscha1

    tscha1 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 7, 2015
    New York
    I was just out in the coop with my girls checking for eggs. They were busy foraging and eating some lettuce when I noticed that they all suddenly froze, in the exact same position, and didn't move a single muscle. The pack leader was making some sort of cooing like noise. They stayed like this for several minutes and then went right back to what they were doing before. I know it wasn't there predator warning. What on earth was it?!
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    They spotted an aerial predator, you should have looked up with to see if it was anything to be concerned about.
  3. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens


    I'll have to echo the aerial predator comment. It may not be an actual predator but only a blue jay or even a 747 but chickens are very attuned to the skies and the things therein.
  4. youngchooklover

    youngchooklover Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 10, 2013
    yo momma
    They have seen a bird of pray in the sky.
    Welcome to BYC!

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    Void where prohibited.
    You should have seen mine the other day when a fighter jet flew about 800 feet above my house.

    Holy(I wish we could curse on this forum) let me just say, it was LOUD!
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Howdy tscha1 and Welcome to BYC

    Yep, I totally agree with the aerial predator comment also.

    We have lived here for 5 years and I have never seen a Hawk until the weekend. I was sitting with the gals all milling around me, having a lovely afternoon on Sunday when a couple of them came running up to me and started growling, some went for cover and the matriarch stood next to me growling and looking up.

    It took me a while to spot it but yep, there was a Hawk, very high up and apparently just passing through.

    I am amazed by their eyesight!
  7. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    That has also happened while I was in the covered, enclosed run with my chickens. One may have spotted something outside in the trees, or sky, or far off up the hill, uttered the five note warning phrase, and every single one froze in place for a good thirty seconds before resuming their normal activities.

    One word for the experience - spooky!
  8. Zackman23434

    Zackman23434 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2015
    Mine will spot a plane so high up it looks like a black speck when I find it.

    The worst thing that ever happened was my wife losing a baloon out of the car trunk and it getting stuck in the top of the trees right in plain view of the chickens. They didn't trust that baloon for weeks. It's still there in all its deflated, shiny, big, and green glory. They give it the stink eye every now and then but have grown accustomed to it. It's way to high for me to get to and if anything provides a flashing self moving object to maybe deter birds of prey. That's what I tell myself anyway. But you would have thought a green monster was perched in the trees by their reaction lol. I was watching them when it happened behind my back. The alert went up and I see all their heads slowly rising up and up. That's when I turned and saw the baloon heading for the trees.
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  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    It's kind of cute to see when this happens with a momma hen and a bunch of's like freeze tag [​IMG]. All those busy, chirping little chicks suddenly freeze and you'd swear they vanished. Then momma decides everything's okay, and it's business as usual.
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