Hypnotizing Chickens

This is another of those crazy things that have wandered through my mind for years, getting to the point where I wonder if they really happened. I thought of it again the other day, and because of that nagging wondering, I Googled it to see if it was actually possible. Turns out it is!

When my stepson, Jeff, was about eleven or twelve, we had a few chickens; they weren’t kept in pens, just wandered free in the fenced yard. They could easily have escaped, but for whatever reason they didn’t; probably because that’s where the feed was.

I think the first time I saw him do this was on a Saturday morning; I stepped out onto the porch, and saw two chickens a few feet from each other, heads, down, staring intently at the ground. If I hadn’t known better, I’d have thought they were yard ornaments, rather than real, live chickens.

Suddenly, Jeff shot into view, racing around the corner of the house, chasing another chicken. The bird darted this way then that, but Jeff was quick and soon had the bird in hand. Pressing the chicken against his leg as he knelt on the ground, and holding it in such a way that it was looking at the ground, Jeff drew a line in the dirt. He then let go of the chicken, and at stayed there, frozen in place, staring at the ground.

I called Jeff over, and asked him what in the world he was doing, and how in the world was he doing it. He smiled—a huge grin, actually—and said he was putting the chickens in a trance; his buddy had told him how to do it. He bounded off the porch, and was off in pursuit of another chicken. I guess I should have asked him why he was doing it, but even then I knew the answer would mostly be a shrug of his eleven year old shoulders.

According to the information on various web sites, the chicken will remain in the frozen position, staring at the line in the dirt, for anywhere from a few seconds to thirty minutes. How crazy is that?

About as crazy as those times when I’d pull into our drive after work and see chickens scattered around the yard, frozen in place, staring at the ground.

7 Comments »

  1. gary said

    Are you serious?

  2. tinkertoot said

    this can also be done by turning the chicken onto it’s back and covering its eyes for a while you can leave them on their backs for ages. this brought back a few childhood memories of life on the farm

    • I never heard of that one. I’ll try it next time I catch a chicken! Thanks for the read and comment!

  3. Sherry Mashburn said

    The visual of all those chcickens frozen into place is too funny!

  4. Hahaha… that’s hilarious..thanks for showing me the way to get here to read it!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it. I thought it would be a good “chaser” for your story!

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