Game Hen defends her chicks

cgmccary

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Sep 14, 2007
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I was in my coop cleaning cages. I heard a hen screech loudly in the pasture. I looked up and saw my game hen who has month old chicks meet a large Cooper's Hawk (an adult female) head on. I was sure it had a chick in its talons. She beat the hawk off and even flew up in the air after it when the hawk took off. I counted the chicks and all were there. The game hen is not that large-- the hawk looked larger. She is a Brown/ Red and is molting so even looks smaller than usual as she has no tail right now.

I would not known it happened had I not been outside at that moment. I have always said that my game hens never lose chicks and I let them free range. Some of this is luck I know but a lot of it is that game hens are aggressive mother hens.
 

ChickenLegs13

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Sep 4, 2013
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Cool! I got several game hens and they are the most skittish, most chickenist birds I ever had...until they get broody, then they're the meanist, baddest, most evil little birds, attacking anything & everything that moves.
 

Triple Willow

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I was in my coop cleaning cages. I heard a hen screech loudly in the pasture. I looked up and saw my game hen who has month old chicks meet a large Cooper's Hawk (an adult female) head on. I was sure it had a chick in its talons. She beat the hawk off and even flew up in the air after it when the hawk took off. I counted the chicks and all were there. The game hen is not that large-- the hawk looked larger. She is a Brown/ Red and is molting so even looks smaller than usual as she has no tail right now.

I would not known it happened had I not been outside at that moment. I have always said that my game hens never lose chicks and I let them free range. Some of this is luck I know but a lot of it is that game hens are aggressive mother hens.

I'd like to have some of those! ...as long as they don't attack me. :)
 

chickengeorgeto

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Dec 25, 2012
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Cool! I got several game hens and they are the most skittish, most chickenist birds I ever had...until they get broody, then they're the meanist, baddest, most evil little birds, attacking anything & everything that moves.

Seeing that we eat more chickens in a day than coopers hawks kill in a decade a broody game hen will treat you in the same manner if she sees you as a threat to her chicks, just like a rooster will flog you if he sees you as a threat to his hens.. You can't have your cake and eat it too.


I'd like to have some of those! ...as long as they don't attack me.
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This behavior has been bred into game chickens for 1,000s and 1,000 of years. I have never heard of a 4 pound brown red game hen killing and disposing of her owners body. What are you frightened of?

I am constantly amazed that there are people posting here who are chicken of chickens.
 

Triple Willow

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This behavior has been bred into game chickens for 1,000s and 1,000 of years.  I have never heard of a 4 pound brown red game hen killing and disposing of her owners body.  What are you frightened of?

I am constantly amazed that there are people posting here who are chicken of chickens.

FYI, not frightened just prefer to keep my eyeballs - common sense. I won't keep any chicken that makes a habit of attacking me or anybody else - common sense.
 

Triple Willow

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The Constituation grants us the right to bear assualt chickens! I'll give up my chicken when they pry it from my cold dead fingers.

LOL I wonder if anybody has ever been sued over their chicken attacking and hurting somebody. I'm sure it's possible these days!
 

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