Strange behavior - have you seen this?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Wintersun, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. Wintersun

    Wintersun Out Of The Brooder

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    Morning,

    While I was visiting my chickens this morning, a dove flew overhead and caused them to scatter - and FREEZE! The did not move for at least a minute plus and only moved once I stood up. One hen near me, who never lets me touch her, was low cooing and let me pet her for the whole time. I get the scattering thinking there was a predator but the freezing was a new experience for me. Do you think they were waiting for me to move first? Maybe seeing me as the head chicken?
     
  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    They freeze when they think they are too far from shelter in the hopes the flying predator will not see them. Ever notice how feral fowl hens blend in with the leaves?
     
  3. Wintersun

    Wintersun Out Of The Brooder

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    They were in the run when they did this. Of course, they probably don't know that they have full fencing around them! I was amazed they held the freeze so long.
     
  4. Mskayladog

    Mskayladog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine chase birds and rabbits and chipmunks....I call my girls zombie chikens any thing moving is considered food if they can catch and kill it.
     

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