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Aggressive chicken

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by bethk, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. bethk

    bethk Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens just started laying, finally. I am getting one egg every other day. So I know it is one of my 6 hens. In the past week one of my hens had become increasingly aggressive. She jumps up and pecks at me when I enter the Coup. Is this normal behavior for a laying hen? I'm not sure if she is laying. If I was sure she wasn't I'd put her out with the foxes!
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, bethk, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us but sorry to hear about your mean hen. I have heard you can pick and carry around aggressive birds - showing them that they are not in charge. You might "aggressive hen" in the search box - I did and a lot of informative threads came up. Good luck to you - hope she tames down.
     
  3. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    Welcome to BYC :) Glad you joined.
     
  4. Tough Old Bird

    Tough Old Bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These are the things I will have to deal with as a newbie, too!

    My (very experienced) chicken-keeping friend says she carries her birds around until they settle down, too, particularly in the "gentling" phase of things.

    TOB
     
  5. bethk

    bethk Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok I will try that. This was previously my "friendly" easy to pick up chicken
     
  6. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from washington state glad you joined us!
    you didn't mention if you have a rooster or not.....sometimes when you don't have a rooster a hen will take om aggressive behavior....mother nature trying to balance a unbalanced situation..goodluck!
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] No this is not normal hen behavior. Sounds like a spoiled brat chicken that regards you as a subordinate. As others have said there are many threads on addressing aggressive behavior. Stop it now before it becomes worse.
     
  8. bethk

    bethk Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 chickens like your avatar. Speckled Sussex, right?
     
  9. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    I am also wondering about your bird - you are sure it is not a rooster?
     
  10. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     

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