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nighttime chicken party in an unlit coop? Is this normal?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by msjones, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. msjones

    msjones Out Of The Brooder

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    This morning around 5:00 -- still completely dark-- my husband saw the girls up and about out in the run. (Yes, the run is fully enclosed and as critter-proof as we can get it...) Our coop/run is not lit. The sun doesn't come up lately until around 7:00.

    I thought they were night blind. How and why would they be up so long before sunrise?

    Our neighbor's famous barking dog does tend to have a barking spell around 5:00, but we didn't hear one today.

    There is a street lamp one lot away, so it's not completely dark. Would that be the reason? Or should I suspect that something got in there and woke them? There was no evidence of any critter getting in.

    Anyone else have chickens up and at it in the dark?[​IMG]
     
  2. Plain Old Dee

    Plain Old Dee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I frequently hear my roo crowing when I leave for work in the mornings. I have to leave by 6:00 a.m. and it's still pitch black. I'm pretty sure he's telling his girls to get their lazy bums out of bed - if Mom has to get up and go to work, so do they! [​IMG]
     
  3. msjones

    msjones Out Of The Brooder

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    Do hens do this, too? And, really, what does that say about their 'night-blindness?'
     
  4. neuchicontheblock

    neuchicontheblock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The nites I get up because I can't sleep (eggopause) the light in the kitchen wakes up the roos at 3 AM. They either can hear or see the light thru the window. They cut it out after a while...I think because the hens beat him to shut up. (Picture a hen in a housecoat and rollers yanking the blankets away from him after giving him a resounding slap![​IMG])
     
  5. Uzuri

    Uzuri Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    Tell 'em Halloween was weeks ago and it's time to quick playing vampire chickens [​IMG]

    Or maybe they're just Twilight fans and disappointed that you didn't take them to the new movie.
     
  6. Rangely

    Rangely Out Of The Brooder

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    I go out at the crack of dawn, sometimes just before, and my one hen has already laid. Every day - same thing. I'm thinking she sleep walks, or I guess it would be sleep laying. [​IMG]
     
  7. msjones

    msjones Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, as if the early rising phenomena weren't enough, today ONE OF MY HENS CROWED AT DAWN.

    This is NOT what I need with my chicken-averse neighbor.

    I'm CERTAIN she is a hen -- looks almost identical to the other 2 buffs her age. It was sort of a pathetic crow-ish crow, but there was no doubt. We could hear it, but I wouldn't call it loud.

    I think my neighbor might call it loud, though...
     
  8. msjones

    msjones Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I'll have to share the vampire chicken idea with my boys. They'll like that. [​IMG]
    It is a little creepy to see them out there in the dark...
     
  9. msjones

    msjones Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:So, chickens aren't night-blind after all?
     
  10. duckluck

    duckluck Dulcimyrh Ducks

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    Quote:So, chickens aren't night-blind after all?

    I don't know about chickens, but I can tell you that my parrots, while they will completely go silent if I turn the light off, can and will still continue to climb about in their cages...though they will take a huge fright if something unexpected happens while they are in the dark. So they can see but seem a lot more prone to panic when it is dark. Especially the African Grey.
     

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