Night Vision?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cluckenstein, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. Cluckenstein

    Cluckenstein Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 13, 2009
    Western NY
    Can chickens see in the dark as a cat can do?
  2. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    No they are fairly blind in the dark. Not totally blind though! They can sometimes see enough to move away from you if you want to catch one, but as soon as they feel safe they just sit down where they are instead of risking moving around. Once they are settled and asleep they are practically in a coma, which is why most people catch them, check for lice, medicate, etc. after the birds have gone to roost.

    It is my personal belief that cockerels can see better in the dark than the hens can. At least mine seem to. The only thing I'm not sure of is whether or not they can truely SEE better, or if it's just in their instinct to stay more alert after dark. That I couldn't tell ya.

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