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Sensing predators

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by spiritliz, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. spiritliz

    spiritliz Chirping

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    I have a flock of 18 chickens about 3 1/2 months old right now. Every morning I go back an open the coop up and they run out of the coop like water being poured from a glass! (I always give them a plate of fresh veggies) Well, twice now, (2 weeks apart) when I open the door they stop short of exiting and just stand there as if afraid to exit.
    They seem scared and make little almost peeping noises. Finally if I walk back and look around to see if I am missing anything lurking outside a couple of the friendliest ones come running out and stand right up against my legs - touching my legs. if I walk they walk and follow me around like puppies. The rest won't even come out! They finally come out after a few minutes but the whole flock follows me around. When I go out of the run they run back inside the coop!
    takes a while like maybe 1/2 hour then they finally come out.
    How are they sensing a predator or is it something else?
    Does anyone have any thoughts?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    It may very well be that a predator is trying to access the coop during the night, and they are aware of that.
     
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  3. spiritliz

    spiritliz Chirping

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    Thank - I never thought of that.
    Any ideas on why I have found 2 eggs that have been laid while they are on the roosting bar at night?
     

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