My hens are scared of visitors
QMy hens look really scared when I bring a friend or friends into the garden? They always rush off and hide under a hedge or get as far away from the visitors as they can.
ACharlotte Popescu says: I understand what you mean. My chickens do exactly the same and are particularly disturbed when a strange man enters the garden. As recently observed, chickens are cleverer than we think. They can do simple maths by reason of deduction; for example it has been proven that chicks can distinguish two sets of objects in different quantities hidden behind screens. It would follow therefore that they would be wary of another person coming into the garden, when they usually just see me. Keep talking to your hens in a nice gentle voice, as this should have a calming effect and make them feel secure. Your hybrids and heavy breeds will always be more docile and less panicked compared to any light breeds you have such as Leghorns.