Why do chickens stop motionless for several minutes?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Meli, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. Meli

    Meli New Egg

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    A couple times now I have looked out the window to see my 4 hens standing COMPLETELY still. It was as if time had stopped. One of them was even in mid-stride! They stayed like this for several minutes until we went outside with them. I am wondering if this means they heard a predator?
     
  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    I would guess yes that they either saw or heard something that alerted them.
     
  3. Sandy16

    Sandy16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did anyone have their heads turned up, like they were looking at the sky? That's what ours do when they are free-ranging and see a hawk. If they see something that really is a danger, one of them sounds the alarm and they scatter to the bushes.
     
  4. bywaterdog

    bywaterdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Trying to decide on a reason to cross the road ?
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Agreed. Someone gave the alarm call and they are all reacting.
     
  6. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    Mine do that when there's hawks circling the neighborhood.
     
  7. mamabigbird

    mamabigbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Very funny post. ROFLMAO
     
  8. jomoncon

    jomoncon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've noticed my little ones will do that when something flys by - even a butterfly. I had them out of the coop one day last week, and was just sitting nearby watching the antics. A butterfly passed by, and everyone froze. A while later, a small hawk landed on the run & was watching them. For that, some froze and some squawked real loud & headed for cover. Luckily, I was there & could easily chase the hawk away.
     
  9. Chicken Frenzie

    Chicken Frenzie Chicken Whisperer

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    Same with me! But mine only stand still because another chicken is drinking one ofthe bearded's chickens beards ._.
     
  10. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

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