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    • CommentAuthorzz9zzzalpha
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2012 5:26pm (May 23rd 2012)
     
    Does anyone have experience of hens getting a bit freaked out about the colour red? Our light Sussex, Cherry, for the last few weeks has been desperately trying to get out of the garden. On a few occasions she has and we had to search the area for her, we think we've made the garden escape proof now. The reason I ask about the colour red is that Karen, Kit, has put a long 6ft x 24@diameter red nylon tunnel, the sort of thing kids can play, in the garden were not 100% sure when she started to try and escape but this article I found made me think

    "Not sure if it is the color red - or the thing that is red. My chickens love red - if it is very small and something they can eat, like meat or red flowers. But if it is a big red thing, like a flag they will spook and run. Once a GF came over who was wearin' a long brown n' white spotted skirt. Those poor ol' yard-birds almost got stuck tryin' to get in that chicken coop all at one time. Must have thought it was a owl or a hawk flapin' down after them.

    Any thoughts?
    Thanks
    Ian & Karen
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2012 9:32am (May 24th 2012)
     
    What's a GF please?:face-plain:
    • CommentAuthorzz9zzzalpha
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2012 11:55am (May 24th 2012)
     
    GF means Girlfriend, come on Ollie get with the program:neutral:
    • CommentAuthorzz9zzzalpha
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2012 12:02pm (May 24th 2012)
     
    What a transformation:cheer:, Karen removed the play tunnel and within 5 minutes she was a happy little Hen:yay_jump:. Yesterday she spent all day in the blazing hot sun panting running round the perimiter of the garden trying to get out, while all the other hens just chilled:chillpill: out and had dust baths. Today shes scratching in the dirt and interacting with the other Hens as a happy hen should be. RESULT:thumbup:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2012 5:46pm (May 24th 2012)
     
    You're sure it's a hen, not a bull...? :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2012 10:29pm (May 24th 2012)
     
    Sorry, I'm rather ancient and not au fait with the terminologies.

    Glad you sorted your bovine hen.

    :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2012 1:53am (May 25th 2012)
     
    My hens have never had a problem with the color of anything..it must just have been the size and shape of the tunnel that upset your girl. I'm glad that you got it all sorted out and she's happy again.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2012 10:12am (May 28th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It might be just that it was a 'new' and 'scary' thing - hens are pretty sensitive to changes in their environment and will regard anything out of the ordinary with great suspicion...

    Maybe Cherry just has that kind of personality that she's especially freaked out by anything out of the ordinary?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2012 1:45pm (May 30th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes I would imagine its the size and fact its something different and 'scary' that would freak Cherry out. Our girls are terrified of bikes when they come out the shed :D having said that none of our chucks will eat orange foods!!