Zombie chickens - it's true!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SanctusPullus, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. SanctusPullus

    SanctusPullus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I'm constantly reading here about how the best way to introduce new birds to an established coop is to put them in there at night and in the morning the old birds will wake up and assume that those other ones have always been there. NOW I can understand how this is so correct.

    Our older birds always go into the coop a few minutes before sunset on their own without any prompting. The 10-week olds however almost always need to be ushered into their segregated half of the coop each night where they still opt to sleep in a bunch in the sand bath. Tonight, it was a good hour past dark before I came out to "put the chickens away" and I found the young ones all bundled up under a bush just outside the coop door. It's sometimes a small challenge to pick up a couple of them but not tonight, or AT night I should say. Barely a peep with their legs stuck straight forward like rigormortis had set in hours ago, I was able to place each one on the perch side by side. I practically had to wrap each toe around the perch for each one they were so stiff. The first foot would be easy but there would be a slight freakout when the second foot touched the wood [​IMG].

    The saying shouldn't be "blind as a bat" but "blind as a chicken at night."

    Just too funny for me. They really are zombies at night.

    I love chickens [​IMG]
     
  2. onegoldhen

    onegoldhen Out Of The Brooder

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    Cute. Is it not sad that they have to grow up.
     
  3. ChooksinChoppers

    ChooksinChoppers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] what a funny mental picture that is!
     
  4. SanctusPullus

    SanctusPullus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gonna see if I can get any decent pics of the rigormortis tonight.
     
  5. This_chicks_place

    This_chicks_place Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We want to see pics!! That said...it is very true how sound they sleep. I have a mean rooster who's off to freezer camp in the AM. Figured at night was the best time to grab him off the roost. He squawked VERY loud at first, then right back to sleep in the doggy carrier. Didn't wake a single soul in the coop, they didn't even notice. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2011
  6. SanctusPullus

    SanctusPullus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess I didn't let them get sound enough asleep, they were not near as comical as they were last night, they were very still but not stiff, just normal pics [​IMG] My anticipation to see it again made it hard to wait long enough!
     

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