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Hello, just a question. I have a hen that has started coming after us and pecking us when we pick up the other chickens in our flock. She tries to peck us as we're picking them up but once they're in our arms she's fine. Any idea why she would start doing this?
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Are you absolutely sure she's a hen?  Picture?  Otherwise, she could be demonstrating misplaced excitement.  Sometimes when a roo is breeding a hen, one of the other hens will get into the fray and starting pecking the hen being bred.  This may be what you're seeing.  

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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I'm 100% sure she lays eggs LOL
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I've experienced what humans would term "jealousy" within my flock. One girl would not just peck me, but jump up and peck me if i held another flock member. A few words and a tap on her beak when she did it put things right (after a while).

 

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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I've had this happen too.....not sure why they do it, but a sharp 'peck' (with fingertip or two) on the head usually stops it.

One pullet got real aggressive, started when I put another pullet down after holding her, then she came at me the next time I walked into coop.

I held her down on ground with my hand on her back, pulled at the feathers on back of neck, 'pecked' her on the head and she never did it 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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I've had this happen too.....not sure why they do it, but a sharp 'peck' (with fingertip or two) on the head usually stops it.

One pullet got real aggressive, started when I put another pullet down after holding her, then she came at me the next time I walked into coop.

I held her down on ground with my hand on her back, pulled at the feathers on back of neck, 'pecked' her on the head and she never did it again.


You must have been the biggest and scariest "chicken" in the world to her at that moment! :D

 

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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Originally Posted by aart View Post
 

I've had this happen too.....not sure why they do it, but a sharp 'peck' (with fingertip or two) on the head usually stops it.

One pullet got real aggressive, started when I put another pullet down after holding her, then she came at me the next time I walked into coop.

I held her down on ground with my hand on her back, pulled at the feathers on back of neck, 'pecked' her on the head and she never did it again.


You must have been the biggest and scariest "chicken" in the world to her at that moment! :D

 

CT

I was!!! Pulled out my can of whoopchicken@ss on her.... hahaha..*I* am head hen you little whipperpulletsnapper!

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."

Reply

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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