vampire chickens

farmerKEN

In the Brooder
10 Years
May 26, 2009
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Western Mass
my chickens aren't blood suckers, but they hate sunlight.
They stay in their coop until 2pm when the trees block the sunlight. and When I let them free range they run around in the shade but act as if there is an invisible fence where the shade ends. Its only in the lower 70s here so I dont think they are too hot. anyone else experience this?
 

Chickie Mamma

Farmer at Heart
11 Years
Apr 20, 2008
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Sherman, CT
Thats funny.. Mine actually look for the sun and then make their dirt bath hole right where the sun is. Weird, but I have heard weirder
 

Imp

All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle
11 Years
Sep 7, 2008
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The Emerald City
My Coop
Maybe they have some Transylvanian Orpington mixed in.

Imp-Check if they reflect in a mirror
 

mamaKate

Songster
11 Years
Sep 9, 2008
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6
161
SE MO
Mine do the same thing. If they decide to cross the sunny part (usually to get to me) they run like mad. It's hotter here, though.
 

Akane

Crowing
11 Years
Jun 15, 2008
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Most likely it's instinct to avoid flying predators and stay under something. Mine hate crossing open areas of the yard. They try to stay next to buildings, tall grass, or trees. If they have to go out in open areas they hesitate at the edge of where they think it's safe (often where shade ends) and then bolt toward the next potential shelter before acting normal again.
 

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