The chickens are afraid of the dark. If we turn out the barn lights, they start clucking wildly and running around on top of each other. We have installed a night light for the chickens. They're so ridiculous.
I cut a little door in the barn to the outside, a chicken-size door. We made a big outdoor run and put an electric fence around it for predators. (There are so many predators in our area that our neighbors, who used to have a flock of a dozen, now have one chicken and one rooster.) This was about four days ago, when I installed the door, but the chickens are too afraid to go outside. There are a few brave ones who will stand in the doorway to feel the wind rustle their feathers. I shoved one outside, and it looked around and shook with fear for a minute, then stepped cautiously back in the door. It made me feel mean for wanting it to enjoy the sunshine. They're so ridiculous.
Chickens aren't especially nice to each other, pecking on each other all the time, but still they are terrified of being alone. I was working on the little enclosure in the barn we have for them, and all of the chickens except for one went into another area, so I shut the door. The one who was left behind was sleeping, a rather cute, fluffy white fowel. I went about my business in the chicken coop, and the fluffy white chicken who had been dozing woke up, finding herself all alone with me - and no other chickens! She looked around and started shaking with fear and clucking, becoming increasingly agitated, until I opened the door to where the other chickens were and she hesitated, looked around for a second, and then made a mad dash for the other chickens!
They're so ridiculous.