Someone sent me a link to this hilarious blog post
today. To sum up: Audrey's chickens spent the entire day being terrorized by a dried sunflower seed head. Which her gardening friend had kindly saved and dried for her, and which she had set out in their run thinking that they would have fun picking at it all day. Oh my no! They flew into a complete panic upon seeing it, then spent the rest of the day in their coop without food (just water).
Dried sunflower heads = SHEER TERROR.
This isn't terribly unusual. After all, we call cowards "chicken" for a reason.