Attack on Child

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by XanderWiFi, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. XanderWiFi

    XanderWiFi Songster

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    The other day, Mohawk, our brabanter that is our gentlest, friendliest and most docile girl apparently attacked my 7 year old son when he let them out the other morning. This completely baffled me as she allows our 2 year old and just about anyone else to pick her up and follows me around as my pen buddy as I do chores. The most aggressive thing she has done to me is peck my eye when atop my shoulder and that didn't even leave a visible mark immediately or after.

    Getting the story secondhand and not witnessing the event: my son apparently let them out wearing flip flops and she pecked his toe then proceeded to chase him out attacking his legs. When pushing for further details it turns out she pecked his toe, he THEN thought it was a good idea to toss a couple twigs from the run at her, and then she chased him out. Mohawk apparently gives zero effs when getting messed with lol. I had to set up an experiment to see for myself.

    To test the behavior of the bird, get my now scared son to overcome his fears, and overall just see how they interacted I instructed him to go out and pick mohawk up and give her some pets to make friends. Show her he is not just a bully. Tentatively, he entered the run. The girls basically ignore or mob depending on if they think food is in hand. This time it was ignore. He crept up to her. Frankly, I'm surprised she did not run or attack because his scared creeping up appeared more akin to stalking. He bent down, picked her up, pet pet pet, put down all good. "Must've been a freak incident" I thought to myself. He then proceeded to stick his hand down and do a little "shoo shoo" motion about 8 inches from her head and turned to walk away. IT WAS ON! Mohawk crossed the five feet he had walked away and rooster scratched/pecked the back of his leg once and left him alone. My son was sad. Clearly, Mohawk will not tolerate insolent children haha. Pure educational moment to teach the kid to respect the animals, not be intimidated by them, but don't give them a reason to become aggressive.

    Me and mohawk remain best buds. She gets the prime pickings of snacks and knows to hit me up after the bulk has been dropped to get an exclusive treat. Overall, I have been surprised by increasing aggression within the flock surrounding food. My best assumption is as the 6 new girls assimilate it is disrupting the pecking order requiring order to be put down to those who were already assimilated and aware of the order. I heard a squawk and watcher my EE almost sumo pin our other brabanter Storm, and watched Storm's neck get a pinch and rip from Blue Leg one of the leghorns (also an adept japanese beetle hunter).

    Any other theories for behavior I may be missing? Open to all ideas. If not, enjoy the story of young children learning important lessons of animal care and respect :p
     
  2. The Moonshiner

    The Moonshiner Professional Chicken Tender

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    How old is Mohawk and are you sure she's a she?
     
  3. Rachel Taylor

    Rachel Taylor Crowing

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    I would wonder if she really is a shame and not a he. I do have some New Hampshire hens that do have quite the attitude. But not quite that bad more towards each other and people. It would be good to come up with one solid message to show him this behavior is not tolerated. Using too many different methods will probably just confuse them. As far as feeding I gave my chickens several feeding stations so there’s no extra drama in the morning because mine get along just fine until foods around. I noticed it helps when I pick some up pie some down low in kind of spaced apart from one another in a bit
     
  4. Rachel Taylor

    Rachel Taylor Crowing

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    Sorry I keep saying He. The behavior just reminds me much of a young rooster
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Hello..I'm thinking it's caused from the handling of the Birds and the lack of respect they have for your personal space. I never handle, or hand feed my Birds. They remain a respectable distance from me.
    Try retraining them to keep a safe distance..
    Best of luck..
     
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    Try posting some pictures of your birds, and what are their ages? I agree that nobody respects your personal space, especially your son's space.
    Stop wearing flip flops out there! Chicken poo between the toes? YUCK! And too convenient a target for pushy birds.
    Beekissed has a very good article about training roosters to respect the hands that feed them, and I'd recommend that you read it.
    Mary
     
  7. XanderWiFi

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    Mohawk is about 1.5 year old and has been seen in the nest laying eggs. She has never been seen mounting or displaying any other rooster tendency. I have never had an issue keeping the birds out of my space even with as much as they are handled. If they do not move, they get moved, or stepped on haha. My son, with his greater concern of hurting one and lack of understanding of the need to be more direct (it's a work in progress for a 7 year old) to get them to move and the pecking order. In regards to poo concerns: everyone has outside shoes and our deep litter is continuously turned. Poo is a rarer site in the run as I subscribe to the 1 day poo test.
     
  8. XanderWiFi

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    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/help-me-identify-these-girls.1219531/

    Link to pictures. If Mohawk is a roo it's the sneakiest gender conceal I have ever seen haha.

    Do rooster's squat often? Mohawk is one of the most consistent squatters I have had. I attribute her and one of the new chickens friendliness surpassing the others to injuries they have incurred requiring separation and treatment in the chicken hospital. During this time they typicall received extra attention, treats and handling and have been friendlier than the rest ever since.
     
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  9. XanderWiFi

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    I've always wanted a rooster. We aren't supposed to have them where I live. But we are supposed to have less chickens than what we have as well...Mohawk would be the most easy going roo I have read about if she is in fact a he...It is the first sign of people aggression we have had, but it has also been in response to aggressive movements from an otherwise timid child...
     
  10. PollyGirl21

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    I don't wear flipflops outside. I believe the chickens think that my toes are tasty bugs or something.;) YOur chickens might be chasing toes around thinking they are treats.:D
     

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