Are chickens scared of fireworks?
QAre chickens scared of fireworks? Our neighbours are having a New Year’s Eve display and I worry that it might frighten the hens.
AMichelle Dunn says: Surprisingly, chickens generally don’t seem that bothered by fireworks. This is probably because most displays take place in the dark, long after chickens are safely on the roost and settled for the night. I have seen an unsubstantiated report from a Chinese chicken farm about chickens being frightened to death by firecrackers on New Year’s Day, but I have never heard of anyone losing a chicken that way. If your chickens are used to roaming outside they will be used to sudden noises and the worst effect you are likely to have is a few soft-shelled eggs for a couple of days. Every year, there is a large commercial firework display less than a quarter of a mile away from us and my chickens have never been the slightest bit bothered by it. Do ask your neighbour to let off the fireworks as far from your chickens as possible, and to wait until after dark when all your birds are safely inside.