My beautiful Sebright Bantam Hen, who I've raised from a chick, turns 8 months old on May 26. She has always been spunky with the cats and holds her own with her bigger siblings, but today, for the first time, she tried to attack my foot several times, as well as that of my hubby's. She has never ever done this before. It's almost as if she's copying the rooster's behavior?
What do you think is up with this?
We have been making some changes to the coop and run-- removing plants and pieces of scrap wood, putting up higher walls, etc. Could this cause such behavior in her? Her sisters are acting the same as they always do, not a bit aggressive.
I wondered whether she could be broody? I did hear her making some squawks. I've read that Sebrights don't tend to go broody often. She is a good layer, laying nearly every day, although I haven't seen an egg from her today.
My big worry is that she will get underfoot, trying to attack one's foot, and get stepped on accidentally, because she is so tiny. I don't want her to get hurt. But now I can't let her out of the run, for fear she will attack some mean person who might hurt her in revenge. She didn't actually peck me or my hubby-- just kind of flew up on our foot as if she was thinking about pecking us or as if we annoyed her.
All thoughts will be appreciated. Do bantam hens usually turn aggressive at 7-8 months old?