Wyandotte moving off to roost into nest in pitch dark

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Nicole01, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    Annabelle, my smart Wyandotte is moving herself off the roost the nest in the middle of the night. 3 nights ago she even laid an egg in the nest in the middle of the night. I've also seen her on top of the nest box in the morning, which is almost 5 feet high. I make sure all the girls are on the roost before shutting the door. It's 100% pitch black in there. I guess she knows her way around pretty well. I've never heard of chickens navigating in pitch darkness.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2012
  2. chookhead

    chookhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2011
    she may be sleep walking lol as weird as it sounds
    chickens do dream like humans
    humans can sleep walk when a certain hormone isnt present in thier blood stream which prevents movements during dreams and thus the sleeep walking which mite be the same case for this hen doing weird things

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