BR pullets pecking at our feet! Help!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by flockof5, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. flockof5

    flockof5 In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2008
    I have small children. My 3 BR pullets (about 18 weeks) are getting too aggressive in their search for a treat. Any tips?

    They come running every time we step out the back door, expecting a treat. They start pecking at our toes and today they jumped up and knocked a small toy out of my 3 year old's hand today. It kind of scared me. I need them to be nice.

    Our 2 RIR's (one month older) don't do this. They will even let us pet them. The BR run away if we try to pet them. They just aren't as friendly. Is that just the breed? Anything we can do to fix it?
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    This may sound retarded, but having a rabbit in the coop has made all the hens mellower. Even the shiest chicken now coms out and around the others. And the rooster thinks she is his chicken. Comedy. When we first brought them home the chickens all ran at us, now they dont. Only ben five days too.
  3. milleryardchx

    milleryardchx Songster

    May 25, 2008
    Washington State
    mine were like that for a while so we stoped giving treats for a couple of weeks now they only peck at my toes after i paint them and its a soft exploritory nibble then they woddle away
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2008
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap

    I can't get my chickens to come near me. WAAAAAA:(
  5. flockof5

    flockof5 In the Brooder

    Apr 3, 2008
    debiray, we always want what we don't have, don't we? LOL! My BR won't stay if we try to pet them. They just want food! The RIR are much nicer when we pet them.
  6. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    I have 5 BRs who would be delighted to sit in our laps and be petted all day long! They get less friendly when we don't give them so much attention, but it's not but a few minutes extra and they're back to being sweet cuddly birds. They even let my daughters hug and squeeze them!
  7. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    My BR pullets don't like to be petted much, but they do peck at my legs and toes. They definitely don't like being ignored.

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