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Chicken, Run!: Queensland Farmer's Hens Respond Perfectly to Hawk Warning

A Queensland farmer was rather pleased by the response of her hens recently, when she yelled a warning of a hawk at them, and they all ran for cover instantly.

Anita Gillespie told Storyful that the idea came when she noticed a hawk around her homestead in Ravenshoe. “I screamed out for the chooks to run, and to my surprise they did,” she said.

In the footage, Gillespie can be heard screaming “Run! Quick! Hawk!” to the hens, who suddenly start fleeing the scene at speed.

“Of course, this isn’t serious training,” Gillespie told Storyful. “It’s a video made in fun.” Credit: Anita Gillespie via Storyful

Video transcript

- Run! Quick! Run! Run! Hawk! Quickly! Go! Go! Quick! Quick! Good on you. Good girls. Run! Quick! Run! Run! Hawk! Quickly! Go! Go! Quick! Quick! Good on you. Good girls. Run! Quick! Run! Run! Hawk! Quickly! Go! Go! Quick! Quick!

Good on you. Good girls. Run! Quick! Run! Run! Hawk! Quickly! Go! Go! Quick! Quick! Good on you. Good girls. Run! Quick! Run! Run! Hawk! Quickly! Go! Go! Quick! Quick! Good on you. Good girls.