chickens pecking me when I'm in their run

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by farm chick 2, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. farm chick 2

    farm chick 2 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 19, 2011
    I was wondering if anyone has been pecked on the legs by their chickens. They just started doing that around the same time that they began laying eggs. Could that be why? It sure hurts! They don't do it when they are free ranging.
  2. Flawedatdesign

    Flawedatdesign Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2011
    Dixon Missouri
    With them laying and you being in there space It could be a protection thing.
  3. hmmcc123

    hmmcc123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    University Place, WA
    Ours did the same thing. Just "peck" them back. Take your index finger and poke them on the back part of the head. You have to let those ladies know it is not ok to peck you. They peck to show who is the boss. We have one girl who has to be reminded at least once a week that she is not the boss. She does not lay eggs btw. She can be very persistant at trying to peck us. When she doesn't take the initial head peck as a clue, she gets pinned down on the ground for about 20 seconds, then she decides we win. lol Also, when we sit outside at the dinner table, some of the girls will peck my mother-in-laws legs, but none of ours. They must see her as a new flock mate. lol
  4. chickchicks

    chickchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 28, 2011
    warrington uk
    its ok they like to remind you that your inthere home !

    mine justrunaway frommethey knowit they pick on me ill pick them up and stoke them and there not the stoking type [​IMG]
    unless you have treats that is !
  5. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    absolutely peck them back with a finger with a loud noise. Do it until it stops. It is a protection thing. You are the ROO!!
  6. confusedturtle

    confusedturtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2011
    Mine tried to peck at my legs, toes and one pair of sandals. I take a squirt bottle out there with me and squirt them when they try it. It is my go to thing for my birds, when they peck (too much) at another bird I squirt them; if they peck me or the kids, I squirt them. They are not fans of getting squirted and act very insulted but they stop fast.

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