Aggressive hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cheryl, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. Cheryl

    Cheryl Songster

    I thought it was Roosters that white leghorn (grandma) has taken to attaching me!!! When I push her away or push or down, when I release her she goes at me with a vengence!!!! She got skin today, no blood yet!!! Any suggetions?
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2008
  2. ridgefire

    ridgefire Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    Northern Michigan
    Do you have a rooster?

    I have read that if there is no rooster in the flock, that a hen will sometimes take on the role of a rooster.
  3. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    You might try gently, calmly and firmly (as necessary) holding her for periods of time, perhaps on your lap. When you ae finished feed her a treat and then gently put her down. Hopefully she will chill out!

    Edited to add that the periods of time can be just a couple of minutes in duration. In time, you can stroke her gently. Can take awhile but eventually I've had ones who hated that come to love it.
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2008
  4. Cheryl

    Cheryl Songster

    No rooster and when I adopted her she had been alone for over a year...started out nice enough, but now is turning into the Queen Meanie!
  5. Cheryl

    Cheryl Songster

    Meanie has attacked both my kids, they kick her and she comes charging back!!! She just had at me and today for the second time, drew blood!!! Oh the guilt involved here...I told my dh to go outside, that way she can attack him and then everything will be taken care of!!! grrrrr My girls, I walk up to them, they either squat or run, they sure don't attack!!!
  6. fullhouse

    fullhouse Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    I have the same issue. Started off inquisitive, then started running down the kids and pecking them. Next thing you know, I escort the ladies out of the strawberry patch, turn my back, and POW, she attacks me. She either is going to the processor or is no longer freeranging, not sure which yet. :mad:

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