Hello from SE Massachusetts

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by itzybitzyfarm, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. itzybitzyfarm

    itzybitzyfarm New Egg

    Feb 2, 2013
    I am not completely new to BYC, just have not been on for a while. I have 6 hens that are my very first flock and got them as day olds last April. They are an absolute delight and I wish I had gotten chickens years ago. This is my Speckled Sussex Penelope. She is head hen and is very good to "her flock" but pecks my feet and lower legs when I come into the run to change water, give treats, etc. She does not like to be held but tolerates it while making intimidating noises in my arms. I have 2 Speckled Sussex, 2 Buff Orps and 2 Silver Wyandottes. Penelope became head hen when I had to re-home 2 Delawares that I also had, one of which was head hen. They both were merciless peckers to the other Girls as well as very aggressive to me and after many different approaches to change their behavior I had to give them up. The flock is much happier and healthier now. I hope to get 3-4 more chicks next month and raise them up then introduce them to the flock. Penelope does intimidate me a bit but it is because my very first experience with live chickens was five years ago when I was attacked by a rooster my niece had, it was a terrible experience, so the least bit of aggression shown, freaks me out. I am trying to get over it. Mind you there are some days I can go in the run and pull up a log and just visit with the girls and pet them all. So I think Penny just has days when she wakes up on the wrong side of the roost.

    Well, I hope my intro is not too long. I took this photo last night as she got a bit of frost bite and I had to bring her into our chicken hospital (laundry room) to apply some first aid and give her some raisins. She was very good through it all and didn't even try to peck me.
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, itzybitzyfarm, and [​IMG]! Great to have you here! LOVE the "bad chicken" picture! I've seen it with cats - never with chickens....you should keep making signs and posting those!! Sounds like penelope think she's top dog. Just keep snatching her up and holding her when she pecks at you - she should get the idea YOU are the one on charge soon. Have fun with your birds and enjoy BYC!!
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Such a punishment for Penelope - did you make her wear that in public? [​IMG] Welcome to BYC, and good luck with your flock.
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    My head hen is also a speckled sussex, Freckles, she just loves to be picked up. She was the one who chased off a strange rooster with a ninja kick and karate squawk.
  6. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. :thumbsup
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. Haha, love the picture [​IMG]

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