Handling Nasty Chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nes, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. nes

    nes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Outside Ottawa
    I think Penny is buying herself a one-way ticket to the stock pot...

    I've seen illustrations of those old chicken hooks, is that the best way to get a hold of or move a grumpy hen?
    Or should I get some heavy gloves?
    (I wanted to remove her from the nest box, but at some point I'd like to be able to pick them up for check-ups from time to time, may be better just to start with new hens, I don't know how old my ladies are and penny is 1 egg for 5 days now)
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2011
  2. Melinda35

    Melinda35 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2010
    I have at least two chickens that I have to remove from the next box every day. I wear leather work gloves because they are not so sweet! Sometimes it sounds like they are yelling help when I pull them out. [​IMG] I actually had one attack my foot after I sat her down and went to get the next one. It does not always hurt it just catches me off guard.
  3. Sooner

    Sooner My kids Mom!

    Mar 22, 2009
    Quote:Sounds like you have a broody hen.
  4. nes

    nes Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Outside Ottawa
    I think so too Sooner, and she's a Plymouth Rock so I read they can become quite broody.

    Not necessarily a bad thing we did want hen-raised chicks at some point, but I'm not quite ready to expand the flock that much right now. (don't have a rooster either!)

    Thanks Mel, I'll break out the gloves to pull her out of there [​IMG]
  5. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2010
    I suggest long sleeves and leather gloves...try stuffing 9 roos into boxes to sell, we had winter coats and gloves on...! Buggers! I now have one BR pullet who may have numbered days if she doesn't stop pecking me...I go to pet one of my other pullets, the gentle ones, and she will peck at me...I am thinking she is at the top of the pecking order and is telling me she is #1...she will stand at my feet and cock her head side to side inspecting me....
  6. FiveAcres

    FiveAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2011
    White, GA
    My grandfather had a rooster that would flat out chase us down if we went into "his corner" of the orchard for peaches.... We found that a gentle shot from the hose was enough of a deterrent after the first 3-4 times.... He never was friendly, but he never showed that same aggression as before....

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