Noisy hens at night time

cristina

Chirping
8 Years
Apr 29, 2011
46
3
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Lloyd Harbor
We just got back from a movie (1 am) and came to find our hens not only awake but making noise and wandering around their run - this has NEVER happened. They are always in a row walking up their ramp into their coop at dusk and no matter how much noise we make bringing in the garbage, etc, they don't wake up and come out. BUt tonight they are wandering around. What could the reason be? We are thinking that perhaps an animal came by and scared them but could a predator come and not harm them? It's too dark to see if any one of them are hurt, and other than their uncharacteristic noise-making and wandering at night, they seem ok. Any experienced speculations?
 

kidcody

Crowing
9 Years
Nov 1, 2010
7,237
493
336
Autumn Farm English Orpingtons
Chickens can not see at all in the dark. For them to up and move around something must of scared them. I would take a flash light and go outside and see if there was a predator stalking them. Hope they are alright.
 

Imp

All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle
11 Years
Sep 7, 2008
14,453
155
318
The Emerald City
My Coop
My Coop
I've had chickens come out in the dark, and walk from the coop up to the house.

In your case could there be something in the coop scaring them?

Imp
 

bluefeather2697

Chirping
8 Years
Nov 9, 2011
229
5
91
i think they got scared by a predator.

i experienced that too, and when i came to see them...

it's too late. a huge rodent got my silkie.
 
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