Do chickens hold grudges?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by newfarmgirl, May 31, 2012.

  1. newfarmgirl

    newfarmgirl In the Brooder

    Jan 3, 2011
    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.
  2. GardenGal

    GardenGal Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Western WA
    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!
  3. texas75563

    texas75563 Songster

    Jan 24, 2012
    Linden, Texas
    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.
  4. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    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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