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Chicken is pecking me!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by c1casino, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. c1casino

    c1casino Hatching

    Dec 4, 2008
    I have a RIR and a Buff Orfington. Lately, everytime I go to gather the eggs, and feed and water them, Rhoda (RIR) pecks me!! On the hand the feet, or anywhere she can and her feathers are all ruffled up when she does. Buffy doesn't. I used to be able to pet Rhoda, but she sure seems awfully mean. What's the problem? The coop is about a 6x8, so I don't think it's a space problem. Anyone got any ideas? They're both 6 months old, and both are laying.

  2. cherig22

    cherig22 Green Fields Farm

    Sep 2, 2008
    SW Missouri
    From what I have been reading, I think she is telling you she is the head chicken. They peck those below them in the 'pecking' order to show them who is boss.

    Someone will chime in to tell you how to become alpha chicken, I really can't remember.

    Cheri [​IMG]
  3. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    I'm having the same problem, but it's NOT the head chicken. It's the bottom of the order girl who does it to me...so it's possible it's something else, too...I'ts a bad time of year for this, but is it possible she's getting broody?
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    When she bites, reach over and grab her by the beak and hold it for a couple of seconds.

    Do that for a few days and she won't bite you again.
  5. c1casino

    c1casino Hatching

    Dec 4, 2008
    I thought she might be getting broody, but I thought that occurred after their first year. Also, I'll try the beak thing tomorrow and will definitely being wearing gloves and shoes and socks (no flip flops) lol. Have no problems with her trying to set. Both chickens lay in the same box even though there are four spaces. I gather eggs everyday and Rhoda isn't setting on them when I do go to the coop.
  6. aiwetir

    aiwetir Songster

    Oct 28, 2008
    portland, or
    my girls all peck at me, but it's some precursor to sitting on me. i think they are arranging their nest (my clothes) before they sit on me, [​IMG] sometimes they grab my skin a bit hard through the clothes.
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I have RIR's. One in particular was pecking at me. She would jump up and try to take a chunk out of my hand. I just gave her a smack a couple of times and she stopped doing it. Once I gave her a swift kick with the side of my shoe. She hasn;t tried anything in a long while now.

  8. spook

    spook Songster

    Technically you are stealing her "babies".
  9. omelette'smom

    omelette'smom Songster

    Sep 9, 2008
    New Hampshire
    My 2 EE's do that! Rip your hand off while you try to get an egg!
  10. Bugdude

    Bugdude In the Brooder

    Sep 9, 2008
    One of my RIR's does it as well. normally I will let them out of the run and go collect the eggs. She will follow me and give me a peck about mid shin/calf, each time. I figure its one of those "Hey do you know what it took to push that out and your stealing it?" things, but from what Ive read they do not have emotion for their eggs.
    She also squats for me to pet her and will peck at my hands sometimes. Too bad she was the nice one lol.

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