2 week old chick attacks my hand and launches at brooder door when it sees me

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TwistedTails, May 22, 2016.

  1. TwistedTails

    TwistedTails Just Hatched

    May 19, 2016
    Northern Minnesota
    Hi All,

    I am new to this site, and I have searched to see if anyone else has had the same issue as me, but to no avail. So here is my problem: I bought 6 chicks 2 weeks ago (2 buff opringtons, 2 RIR & 2 unknown w/black feathers). Up until today they have been great. This morning when I went to change out their food and water one of the buffs acted very aggressive. She flew at the brooder door (it's a re-purposed wire dog kennel) when she saw me and bounced off. When I opened it she charged at my hand and started pecking at it like she was trying to get me to go away. After I washed their water and food dishes I went to put them back in the brooder and again and the same chick lowered her head a bit, and proceeded to charged at the door once again and bounced off, and once I opened it she actually chest bumped the water container out of my hand and proceeded to start pecking at me again. She almost acts like she is trying to protect the others and keep me away. Is this normal behavior? And if not, what can I do? My 18 year old son is now refusing to even help out with them because she acts like such a jerk! I don't want to do something wrong and make it worse, so any suggestions would be very welcome!!
  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2015
    Deer park, Washington
    Sometimes they act aggressive if there hungry. .
    Tell your son put down the video game and feed the chickens. .

    I ment that in a nice way :)
  3. TwistedTails

    TwistedTails Just Hatched

    May 19, 2016
    Northern Minnesota
    LOL...that is exactly what I did...and I didn't say it in a nice way!
  4. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    In Chicken World, that type of behavior isn't really meant by the chicken as aggressive. In reality, the chick is excited to see you because it is already associating you and your hands with food. Thus the pecking at your hands. She has learned your hands produce food, and she's excited so is trying to hurry to process along.

    I just went out to my run a while ago to feed my chickens their evening ration of fermented feed. One of the more excitable hens flew right at the door and I thought she would end up knocking herself out from bashing into it. This is pretty typical of her breed (Welsummer), and a few of the others get almost as excited and "aggressive" when they know I'm bringing treats.

    So often people think chickens are being aggressive when they are simply excited and happy to see you.
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  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    I offer an other scenario. She is a he, and asserting early Roo behavior. I had one little chick like that last spring. He was 2 weeks old and defended his Mama and his siblings from my hand. He'd attack when ever I tended the brood. I dubbed him "little man" and immediately started dominance training with him. Within a week, he was a well behaved little boy.
  6. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2016
    When my rooster was that age, he just stood and watched everything I did ... the pullets were the excitable ones. Think azygous gave you great insight.
  7. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    It could be either scenario, so let's see what happens. Don't let 'her' be rude to you at all. No pecking! Mary
  8. TwistedTails

    TwistedTails Just Hatched

    May 19, 2016
    Northern Minnesota
    I appreciate all of your input! I hope 'she' is just super excited that I am the bomb diggity [​IMG] This morning she wasn't as bad, just rushed to the front and kept a very close eye on me, and interestingly enough this time I kept my hand in there really still before I did anything else, and as soon as my arm brushed against the cardboard that I put at the bottom to keep the litter in she vehemently started pecking at the cardboard like she was trying to protect me from it. May she had a run in with the cardboard at some point...
  9. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

    LOL, a run in with the cardboard!
    Sure hope this all works out TwistedTails!
    One of my chicks was acting odd that way and I decided I was not going to take it!
    I picked her up and gave her extra love & treats for 3 days in a row and she finally decided I was a good chicken mama after all.
    Now she jumps in my lap when I'm sitting in their run, which at least twice each day.
    Her name in Onyx and she is a BSL 7 weeks old.
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  10. TwistedTails

    TwistedTails Just Hatched

    May 19, 2016
    Northern Minnesota
    I bought mine at our local farm supply, and they swore up and down they would be girls, but after reading others experiences I wouldn't be surprised. What is dominance training? And do I wait until I really know if she is a he before I start?

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