Running Fast and Flapping Wings

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Lisa Wood, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. Lisa Wood

    Lisa Wood Songster

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    Mine run like they are in Kentucky Derby, WITH both wings held HIGH and out from body, flapping!
    They all might run .20 feet and then stop and regroup for the next heat.
    I get the feeling it is play. What is it?
     

  2. Generally speaking hens will run like this when they think that other members of the flock are getting more than their fair share of the chicken food or that some favored chicken feed is at stake.
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    It is a form of play. Birds are training their muscles and nervous system to perform which is important as they grow. You will often see spurts of it when they are released from confinement. Birds that fly more regularly do not do the running flapping bit as much but they still do it. You may also note they do similar on larger branches in tree where they seem to be treating it as an obstacle course. My small kids to similar where they look for complex paths to exert themselves on repeatedly. The chickens differ in they do not repeat as often in rapid succession.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I agree that it's a form of 'play'......or just energy exertion, especially with younger and/or confined birds.

    Whatever it is, it always cracks me up......
    .....especially when a group of them do it, my current 'pullet punks' group (17 weeks) indulge often lately.
     
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  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    Play. It never ceases to bring a smile to my face.
     
  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

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    They remind me of kindergarten to first grade girls who will be playing fairly quietly on the playground, and will suddenly run SCREAMING to another part of the playground. (Apparently you run faster when you're screaming) No reason for it. It's just what they do.
     
  7. limited25

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    Loved watching my chickens do this ... wish I would have gotten a video of it. They don't do it anymore now that they are older.
     

  8. Lisa Wood

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    Oh my! I will not like them stopping that! They are better than alot of TV! Watching little young Roo teaching himself to crow is also high on fun meter.
     

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