Help! Hen attacked my son

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lupinelady, Oct 24, 2012.

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  1. lupinelady

    lupinelady Hatching

    Apr 21, 2012
    New Hampshire
    My 24 week old Buff Orp flew up and scratched my son's face today. (Just missing his eye by a hair). He lets them out of their coop every day for some free time in the afternoon. He was just playing by himself nearby when one walked up to him and flew at his face.

    Do hens ever behave like this? Or does this mean that Buttercup is a rooster? Until now, Buttercup has been very friendly to us. She does have a slightly larger comb than than my other 2 buffs. No crowing or spurs.

    Not sure what do to! If it's a rooster, I will have to get rid of him because they aren't allowed where I live. If it is a hen, how to correct this kind of behavior?

    Any advice is much appreciated.
  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Crowing

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    Hmm... That is unusual behavior, but most roosters would be crowing by 24 weeks old. I have heard that some pullets will act hormonal when they first start to lay and will calm down after a while.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Do you have a picture of the chicken?
  4. tadpole98

    tadpole98 Songster

    Mar 20, 2012
    I agree with happychook. Pics?
    I have a rooster that didnt start crowing for 45 weeks!!
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