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Why did my hen attack me? Why is my hen making crazy noises?

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I just went outside and let my two 6 month old hens out this morning(they are both laying). When I came out to check on them they came running up to me as usual but then my leghorn bit my arm! I pushed her to show her I was in charge then she came back full throttle and flew up at my face! I flung my arms around to keep her from my face and hit her to the ground sad.png she got right up and stared at me with her chest out big. I ran inside then right away she flew up to the grill and started making crazy loud noises! It almost sounds like three unhappy clucks then a crow?! It's so loud I had no idea she could make this noise!

I have no idea what brought this up? Out of my two hens she is always the nicest. Why did she do this and what can I do to stop it?
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Sounds like she is trying to dominate you, this usually happens when hens are handled a lot or fed out of hand, she's in that moody faze and she wants to be boss and she considers you a part of the flock, you have to ignore her and probably use something to block her from coming right up to you, I suggest a broom or a plastic rake, you may even have to chase her away, she's acting the same way a rooster would, I might even corner her and pin her down for a bit. Stop feeding from your hands and don't pet her, I would still pick her up if you do, I just would make it more restraining and unpleasant, Hopefully a few times of standing up to her will straighten her out.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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When there is no rooster around a hen may take on the role of 'protecting' the flock.

 

I would grab her and hold her down on her belly with your hand on her back,

grab her neck feathers with your other hand and give a little pull and shake.

That is how the rooster would 'force' her to submit to his superiority.

 

Had a pullet in the growout coop start that business with me this summer,

I held her down as described above, she submitted and never came at me again.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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