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every time i put my hand in the brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by incubatingisfun, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. incubatingisfun

    incubatingisfun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2009
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    every time i put my hand in the brooder this one chick runs over and bites my hand suggestions what is this how to solve it
     
  2. fishman65

    fishman65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    try putting some scrambled egg in that mean nasty hand. chickens usually look forward to your hand when it has treats in it.[​IMG]
     
  3. Chicken Chat

    Chicken Chat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That may be a little roo you have there. I had a chick like that this summer. He charged my hand everytime I put it in the brooder, the rest of them were fine with my hand. That chick grew up to be a rooster and still has the same attitude with me.
     
  4. incubatingisfun

    incubatingisfun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2009
    Alaska
    you he does kind of like a rooster that sucks if he is because i cant hae another rooster
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Take your finger and tap them on top of the head, like a peck from another chicken.
     
  6. lady and her girls

    lady and her girls Out Of The Brooder

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    vote roo
     
  7. spotsplus

    spotsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just push them away gently when they do that. I've had the girls do it too- usually turn out to be very bold hens. Mine often run over, I have figured out, because my wedding ring attracts them. [​IMG]
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  8. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I agree. [​IMG] This doesn't mean 'rooster' right away. I have a few adult hens that will peck my hand when I approach-usually because they think I have food or are curious. A peck or small bite is not a bad thing-just a tester-thing. If they actually attack your hand, though, that's another story. Chickens don't have hands to check things out-they have beaks. They will play with things when they don't know what they are or don't know what to make of it. If this is a rooster, he's probably just testing you out. Doesn't necessarily mean he'll grow up to be a demon. Just sounds like domineering behavior.

    A small push or tap should deter this behavior as well as set boundaries. If this is harmless behavior as I think it is, they will learn that a plain hand with no treats and no business to them yeilds only a punishment and will learn not to do it anymore. But, if the behavior gets worse, other matters need to be taken.
     
  9. LeghornLisa

    LeghornLisa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my girls were like that when they were in the brooder, they are now 7 months old and she is just very out going to say the least. She will sneak up behind me when I am cleaning the coop and peck me on the back of my leg and run like crazy when I turn around. If I try to pick her up she runs away, but will let me hold her when push comes to shove. My daughter named her Sugarsnap, I think we call her Snappy for a reason....
     

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