Chicken bites bare hands

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kkailily, Oct 4, 2015.

  1. kkailily

    kkailily Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 8, 2015
    My hen loves to snuggle with me when I have gloves on, but bites if she sees bare hands. This wasn't a problem until I recently came back from a vacation. Any advice?
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    They will bite at freckles, scabs or spots....
    ....'peck' her on the head, with the end of your finger, when she does it and tell her no.
  3. I agree with @aart . I've also found they'll peck your eyes, teeth, or painted finger or toe nails. Or anything shiny.
  4. kkailily

    kkailily Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 8, 2015
    Actually, she aggressively bites to the point where she bruises me. She's a strange thing though, she now accepts my left hand but still savagely attacks my right because logic.
  5. DiamondFrazieur

    DiamondFrazieur Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 30, 2015
    North Carolina 28310
    I would sit her on my lap and tuck her head down with one hand while petting her thoroughly with the other. Until she submitted ... sounds like she's trying to be the boss of you!

    You don't need to hurt her. Just force her to submit to you. Including letting you handle and pet her. She'll learn.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2015

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