Archive for the Hen Keeping Category
First, know that frostbite is NOT caused by cold temperatures. Instead, it is moisture in the cold air that does the damage. The moistness comes from the hens pooping and breathing in their coop at night. Therefore, it is very important to keep the coop well ventilated. Having a vent at the top of the coop, as well as some kind of vent near the bottom, will keep the moisture to a minimum. (The Smart Chicken Coop is set up for this.)
Ventilation is different than wind. As long as the hen’s feathers don’t get ruffled, thereby releasing all the warmth trapped in their feathers, the chickens do just fine.
Did you know you can potty train chickens? I didn’t. But, it does make sense. During WWII, highly trained ravens to held little cameras in their beaks to aid in spying activities. This training is largely based on operant conditioning, sometimes called clicker training. It is the basis for training chickens.
Though not actually hypnosis, chickens can be put into a trance using several methods, such as laying her on her back and drawing a line on the ground or running one’s finger from her wattle to hind end.
Typically, the chicken will stay immobile for up to 30 minutes. Experts posit that it is a throwback way for them to deal with danger, like an opossum playing dead. Watch this hen get hypnotized.