A behavior (BITING HEN!!!!)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Flippacase, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. Flippacase

    Flippacase Songster

    Nov 6, 2009
    I have two 17 week old pullets. I would consider them pretty tame. They let me pic them up for the most part, and don't mind people walking around near them. BUT..... If I were to squat down near them, Gladyss will come running up to me and just bite me! Where ever she can. In the hand, on the face, she's like one of those anoying little dogs, she even will bite your pant legs if you walk away!!!
    DOes anybody elses HENS do this. (not roosters). And what can I do to stop her from doing this?(the little kids love her)

    She scares me.[​IMG]



  2. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    Wow... never had a hen do that to me unless she had babies she was protecting....

    hope someone can help
  3. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    In my experience, it's best to pretend she isn't attacking you. Ignore....ignore....ignore....
  4. Featherland

    Featherland Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    I have a hen that is like this. She would really annoy me. One day when she did this I just picked her up. I was very surprised to find out that this is what she wanted! She is so content to be carried around. I never picked her up before because I just thought she was mean. It turns out she was just craving attention.
  5. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

    Feb 26, 2009
    Madison County, Iowa
    I'd give her the "okay, you'll be my buddy" treatment, carry her around for awhile in the yard, carry some raisins, She might learn not to bite the hand that feeds.

  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Mine actually want attention, too. Picking them up and carrying them around for a bit mitigates the problem - I liken it to a little kid tugging at your pants leg, or skirt, or whatever is appropriate (for child or chicken).

    Unless it's a REALLY hard peck..... then I'd still pick her up and carry her around.

    Good luck!
  7. Flippacase

    Flippacase Songster

    Nov 6, 2009
    i'll post a vid on youtube and post the link later.... just cause i thinks its pretty funny![​IMG]
  8. flockoffour

    flockoffour Chirping

    Jun 28, 2012
    West Coast
    My ba hen does this too, but I have not been able to find a solution, and when I pick her up, she continues to try and bite my hand.
  9. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    There's a big difference between a chicken that bites and a chicken that pecks. I have a rooster who used to bite. He would drill down hard with his beak, removing a large plug of flesh. It hurt like the dickens and almost always resulted in a bleeding wound.

    I have a hen who pecks, and she does it like you describe. I can be holding another hen and she'll come up from behind and peck me on the back to let me know she wants to be held, too.

    A biting chicken is a serious danger. A pecking chicken is merely trying to communicate.
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