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My hen attacked me WHY??????????????/

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Just got my baby chicks this spring and everything been going well... They are getting to be hens now and can't wait to get eggs... Last night went down and they all came running to me petting them and then Sally all of a sudden attacked me got two huge scratches on my leg as well as a puncture ... WHY!!!!!!!!!!! and what can I do to stop this.... Would hate to make nugget out of her????  PLEASE HELP!!!sad

Jackie Paige in Virginia
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post #2 of 48

Sure Its A Girl? Sounds Like Rooster Behavior,,,never Had A Mean Hen.. Post Pics ..maybe She Did Realize It Was You. What Breed.

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kera! :

Sure Its A Girl? Sounds Like Rooster Behavior,,,never Had A Mean Hen.. Post Pics ..maybe She Did Realize It Was You. What Breed.


agree, sounds like a rooster. sad You may not be able to upload pictures until you have posted a few more times. This is meant to keep spammers off of here.  Give it a try and let us know if you need help.  AND welcome-byc

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That's a rooster that you're describing.  The only reason a hen would be a protective breed like Old English was protecting chicks.  And even then, they don't puncture like roos do.

"It's easy. You draw a red line on the ground, right? Then you wait for a chicken to come along. When he arrives, he puts his beak right on the line and he's hypnotized!"
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"It's easy. You draw a red line on the ground, right? Then you wait for a chicken to come along. When he arrives, he puts his beak right on the line and he's hypnotized!"
Joey Santiago
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can you post a pic of the predator? tongue

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-Maren     D.gif

 

He will cover you with his feathers,
  and under his wings you will find refuge;
      his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart
.
~Psalm 91:4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Video Page  < Check it out!!pop.gif

 

~Rest in Peace, Fluffers~

 

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post #6 of 48

I agree. Sounds like a rooster... If you post a few times around the forum, you should be able to upload pics if you click on "uploads" at the top of the page...
then we'll know for sure if it's a roo.
Good Luck!

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My juveniles, regardless of sex, will occasionally flog my hand when it contains prized food item.  Seems to be out of frustration.  I make certain it does not result in a more rapid food award.  They outgrow habit quickly.  Does sometimes resume with hens tending chicks as they seem famished whe trying to get eats for young.

Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.
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my 5 month old Speckled Sussex attacked me about 2 weeks ago. but i believe she had a good reason. i have 1 month old chicks and i keep them in a grow out pen during the day, and transfer them to a "chick coop" at night. well, i was in the process of transferring them....and she always seems VERY interested in the little guys. watching them in their pen, close up, etc. well, one morning during the transfer, i put a little chick kinda close to her so she could "socialize" with it....i was holding the baby. as i lowered the chick, she got this crooked stance with one shoulder/wing (do chickens have shoulders? lol) down, and the other one up. i took that as a sign of aggression and immediately stood up and then she attacked my leg!!! i scolded her with my voice (not yelling though) and went about my business. she's a great girl otherwise. and i wasn't mad at her cuz i figured she was ticked off at the baby. but your situation sounds different. i hope we hear back from you and see a pic of the perp.

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Your chicken might have just gotten a little rambunctious thinking it was going to get something to eat.  My whole flock comes running from all ends of the property when I go outside, and if I don't have anything a few of them will peck at my pants leg or shoes.  I have gone out in short pants and sometimes they pinch pretty good.  I wouldn't consider any of mine mean although some of them can be a bully to the other birds at feeding time, especially the red sex links.

Speckled Sussex.  I have a link on my homepage to some pictures of them.
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Speckled Sussex.  I have a link on my homepage to some pictures of them.
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post #10 of 48

my hens will peck around and what not when I am out with or with out treats but this sort of description sounds to much like a roo...and the age sounds like he is just mature enough to get mad!

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