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My whole flock is all of a sudden spooked.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by joebat, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. joebat

    joebat In the Brooder

    May 3, 2011
    I fed my chickens first thing this morning and everything was fine. I went back out to feed them some cantaloupe leftovers and seeds and the whole flock was afraid of me. They ran everywhere away from from me and even into my shop where I had to shoo them out TWICE! I've had my flock about nine months and this has never happened. Will a hawk or something like that spook them so bad they are even afraid of me? There are a lot of hawks this time of year on the Texas Coast. I hope they don't stop laying eggs ......they just started.

  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Were you wearing anything different?? Mine are wary of me if I have the hood of my coat up, covering my head. Or were you carrying the scraps in something different??
  3. joebat

    joebat In the Brooder

    May 3, 2011
    I was wearing plaid pajama bottoms.....that's the only thing different....they've seen me in everything though. Someone told me a big cat has been hanging around, but I've seen my chickens run a cat off. Maybe it was the the PJ's?

  4. joebat

    joebat In the Brooder

    May 3, 2011
    That was it....the plaid pajama bottoms....I changed into my jeans and they were fine.
  5. epeloquin

    epeloquin Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Western Massachusetts
    I guess that is why we call them...chickens!!

    Too funny.

    Last week I was putting up a new chain in my fun for their feeder and you might think I was hanging an Anaconda from the hook. Yesterday I was working in the garage and my six girls came in, as they often do. I dropped a file on the floor and they scattered in every direction.
  6. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    You'd be "chicken" too if as many critters like to eat you as like to eat chickens. I call it just being careful.
  7. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    Heck, I'd run too.

  8. welasharon

    welasharon Songster

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    That's funny! I did the same thing today too. I had to go put jeans on. I thought they were going to kill themselves throwing themselves into the wire sides. Mine were pink plaid....I really didn't think they were THAT bad! LOL
  9. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I figured it'd be something like that. Chickens are SUCH creatures of habit...they really are terrified of change. The older I get, the more I find myself thinking like a chicken...lol.
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Yesterday, mine spent the entire day in the coop.

    I know there had to have been a hawk out there somewhere.

    Chickens spook real easy.

    I'm still chuckling about your plaid pajamas....[​IMG]

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