Why did my hen attack me?! - Page 3
Old thread but useful information. I have one of my original sweet hens attacking the hen I'm petting. She has never shown any aggression! Hand raised and will let us carry her. It's only when I'm touching the hens and worse when they submit. She actually will come at the hen mostly or me with her feet. She did nip me ones as well. Other then that she's sweet so I don't understand why she does this. I was gently pushing her away at first now I'm picking her up right after she decides to be a bossy lady!
I have raised chickens for about 10 years and only had roosters attack. But some types of chickens are more aggressive than others. I had an old Americana that was gentle and definitely the lead hen. She recently died and left 2 younger hens in the pen. Today I had a Rhode Island Red hen attack me deliberately and left a bruise and 3 inch scratch on my leg. It was a stand off until She went flying across the pen on the end of my foot (in no way was she hurt). After that she avoided me entirely. Have to show who is now the top hen of the yard I guess. So yours does not have to be a roo, just an aggressive hen.