Chicken jumping on my shoulder

Mikaela Taylor

Chirping
Aug 22, 2019
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West Virginia
Hello! I'm probably posting this all wrong and I do apologize if so!

But I was wondering if anyone knew why a chicken would come running up to me and jump on my shoulder when I enter the coop run.

I do think it is sweet of her but I'm kind of scared the other chickens are bullying her and she might be trying to escape them for awhile or something of that nature :( we named her "Spooky" because she's always very skidish. So this is crazy to me she is always wanting on my shoulder.

I give them treats by hand sometimes and it may just be her thinking she'll get food if she jumps on me.

I have 10 Easter Eggers and one Silkie. 9 Easter egger hens and 2 roosters if that helps anyone with why she would be doing so. Thank you all!
 

TooCheep

Songster
Feb 23, 2019
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I doubt it is because she's being picked on. Chickens have individual personalities. Some are more friendly towards humans and some are more skittish. In my case, the most dominant hen is the one that tends to want to jump in my lap when I'm sitting in the back yard. I wish the girl at the bottom of the pecking order would come to me so I could give her some positive attention, but she is also the most skittish.

If you are okay with it, then don't be concerned. If you want to discourage the behavior, then be sure to put her down before giving her any attention/treats.

PS- No worries on how you are posting. You are doing fine. You found the right forum for the topic, successfully created a new thread and asked a valid question. :thumbsup
 

getaclue

Enabler
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Jun 19, 2013
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If you suspect bullying, make sure you have 2 areas where there is food, and water available. That way she can always get something to eat or drink. I have several friends that one of two of their chickens will jump up on their shoulders. Not all of their flocks, just the exceptional one, or two. That's not typical behavior, but not totally unusual either.
 

Mikaela Taylor

Chirping
Aug 22, 2019
32
136
80
West Virginia
I doubt it is because she's being picked on. Chickens have individual personalities. Some are more friendly towards humans and some are more skittish. In my case, the most dominant hen is the one that tends to want to jump in my lap when I'm sitting in the back yard. I wish the girl at the bottom of the pecking order would come to me so I could give her some positive attention, but she is also the most skittish.

If you are okay with it, then don't be concerned. If you want to discourage the behavior, then be sure to put her down before giving her any attention/treats.

PS- No worries on how you are posting. You are doing fine. You found the right forum for the topic, successfully created a new thread and asked a valid question. :thumbsup
You are so sweet! Thank you so much :) I love learning everything I can about them and their behaviors!
 

Mikaela Taylor

Chirping
Aug 22, 2019
32
136
80
West Virginia
If you suspect bullying, make sure you have 2 areas where there is food, and water available. That way she can always get something to eat or drink. I have several friends that one of two of their chickens will jump up on their shoulders. Not all of their flocks, just the exceptional one, or two. That's not typical behavior, but not totally unusual either.
Thank you! I will try putting out a second feeder! We have two larger waters far apart from each other but never thought to do so for the food for some reason
 

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