Bossy/Agressive Hen- now what?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DKRickey, May 26, 2011.

  1. DKRickey

    DKRickey Chirping

    Jan 6, 2011
    I get the whole "pecking order" but I only have six hens and five are sweet and social (even if they're not entirely "cuddly") but one female (red star) is particularily agressive![​IMG] She pecks at my shoes (and toes if I'm wearing sandals), will come OUT of the coop to prevent me from closing the pop-door before it's completely dark, etc. I don't trust her and we are obviously at odds as to whose the top b*%ch. We're only allowed six hens- no roosters. I'm concerned that the "removal" of Clarabelle will only encourage one of the other five to step into "Queen Hen" and be a b*%ch too. We have two young children (6 and 2 yrs) and don't want them to be afraid of the girls because of one bossy/agressive hen. Any suggestions?
  2. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Songster

    Sep 4, 2008
    I had a Delaware that was bullying the other hens really bad.

    So I put her in a large, wire dog cage that we keep in the main henhouse. She was in sight of the other birds, but was isolated from them. We kept her in that cage for several days, then let her out "on probation."

    Well, it didn't take two minutes for her to big time attack one of the other hens, so back into chickie jail she went for a few more days.

    Then we let her out on probation again. She attacked again.

    So we put her back into chickie jail, and began to seriously consider rehoming or culling her.

    But we couldn't do anything quickly, and so a few days later, we let her out on probation again.

    That time, she behaved herself.

    Nowadays, she does not attack the other birds, though she doen't take any guff off of them either.

    It is more peaceful since little Ethel learned her place in the flock, and no longer bullies the others.
  3. DKRickey

    DKRickey Chirping

    Jan 6, 2011
    She's pecking at ME... she won't turn her back on me and takes any opportunity to bite my hand, feet, etc.
    I want the girls (Clarabelle especially) to look to me as the top hen in their pecking order. Suggestions?
  4. ck-newbe

    ck-newbe In the Brooder

    Dec 2, 2010
    Boone, NC
    Like the post before suggested. Isolation, to show her who the real boss is. But don't be too mean about it, bring her lots of treats to let her know where the food comes from.
  5. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    Try this site, it's interesting: Google "taming wild roosters" It's a hubpage site and a good read
  6. smhoekzema

    smhoekzema Chirping

    Nov 15, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
    I would treat her like an even bossier hen would. A peck on the head, hold her down for a minute. Make sure she knows who's boss! My RIR like to regularly make sure I'm still boss. I pick her up and carry her around if she gets to bossy. Usually that puts her back in place.
  7. Farmer Viola

    Farmer Viola Songster

    May 23, 2013
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