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    • CommentAuthorjoannec
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2007 9:16pm (Nov 24th 2007)
    Hello Me Again

    Im sorry about my weird querys but can chickens see in the dark???

    Oh and they are soooooo intelligent they know where i keep the cat food and try to break in, they also come racing to the back door evertime i open it.

    I love keeping hens : )
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2007 11:35pm (Nov 24th 2007)
    What a great question!! Can't wait to hear the answer ... !
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2007 1:35am (Nov 25th 2007)
    Joanne and Kate, I do not know for certain if chickens can see in the dark, my mother had a low watt light bulb in her hen house. If she was not home to turn it on , the chickens would huddle outside . I do not know if it was because they could not see in the dark or they were spoiled to the light.
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2007 12:13pm (Nov 25th 2007)

    no longer a member

    Or do chickens actually use Torches to see at night? Sorry i was just being silly...

    I think most birds can see in the dark.. I was watching a man flying a hawk in the dark with street lights last night and the bird just loved it and appeared to see OK
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2007 5:53pm (Nov 25th 2007)
    I think hawks tend to hunt at dusk/dawn don't they? I know a couple of people that keep hawks - I'll have to ask their opinion!
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2007 3:04pm (Nov 26th 2007)

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha, what a great thread :D

    I have no idea if they can see in the dark or not, though. Chickens have fantastic eyesight during the day, for example they can pick tiny crumbs of cake out of straw, but i'm not sure what their vision is like at night...I always wonder how good their hearing is, too?

    We need a chicken scientist :-\
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2007 7:10pm (Nov 26th 2007)
    I just 'googled' "can chickens see in the dark?" and the second entry it returned was Red's post above!!!!

    The first one was about red contact lens for chickens that increase productivity and reduce fighting. If Penny and Tilly had them would they think Milly was blushing?! You'd think scientists could think of better ways to spend their time.
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2007 8:31pm (Nov 26th 2007)
    What? It went to google that fast? THAT is really cool!

    And then there's the chicken contact lens thing... OMG!
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2009 4:50am (Mar 24th 2009)
    I know that this is 2 years old and very dusty(cough) But I truely believe that chickens CAN NOT see in the dark. when one of my grannys hens would get out and she was too fast for me to catch I would wait till after dark and catch her then as she could not see me. I would just keep a eye on her till dark and i could walk right up to her even if she was still awake. I would have no problems geting her back in the yard .
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2009 9:48am (Mar 24th 2009)

    Keeper of the hens

    At night chickens become much calmer and less 'flighty' - whether that's because it's dark or some other reason I'm not sure, but the fact they find a safe place to roost at night would imply they can't see too well in the dark.
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2009 2:06am (Mar 26th 2009) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: neilAt night chickens become much calmer and less 'flighty' - whether that's because it's dark or some other reason I'm not sure, but the fact they find a safe place to roost at night would imply they can't see too well in the dark.

    Correct, not sure why though...Penny will happily be picked up at night.

    Totally forgot about this thread. But... *drum roll please!*

    Nope, chickens' eyesight is terrible in the dark! It mentions it in the new chicken book i bought. Chickens go to bed whilst it is still light enough for them to make out a safe sleeping place, but even at dusk their eyesight is quite poor. When it's fully dark they can't see a thing. Awwww, bless 'em!
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2009 8:10am (Mar 26th 2009)
    they all ways seem to get regrouped at twilight . there is a lot of bock ,bocking a clucking and then they all head for the coop . the head hen seems to do a head count and if every one is not there she yells at who ever is not thereto hurry up and get in side "NOW"