Do chickens hold grudges?

newfarmgirl

In the Brooder
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Jan 3, 2011
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Just curious if chickens hold grudges. If you have older ladies and then give attention to new additions also, will they be nasty? Are chickens capable of grudges? So far, all my girls are pretty relaxed but I am about to introduce the young with the experienced. They can see me trying to coax the teens when I call (aka-bribe with treats) But then again- I don't have any roos. The big girls get their share of treats also.
Thoughts?
 

GardenGal

Songster
8 Years
Mar 11, 2011
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I had a rooster who definitely held grudges. He got very insulted with me once and wouldn't touch any sort of treat I tried to give him.

We have two one year old hens and four chicks, and though the hens see me giving the chicks treats they don't treat me any differently. Probably depends a lot on the chickens. Good luck integrating your flock!
 

texas75563

Songster
8 Years
7 Years
Jan 24, 2012
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I say yes also. I don't know what my mom did to my rooster, he didn't forget. He wouldn't bother anyone else. He would see her and start charging. This went on for 3 years or so. Only reason it stopped, he died.
 

galanie

Treat Dispenser No More
9 Years
Aug 20, 2010
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They do very much notice when you give one more attention than the others. I don't know that I'd say have a grudge so much as jealousy going on. And they do have astonishingly good memory. For an animal that acts so danged stupid, they can surprise you.
 

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