Help - need advice for dealing with badly behaved chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dusty910, Dec 23, 2007.

  1. dusty910

    dusty910 In the Brooder

    May 9, 2007
    CT River Valley
    My 3 chickens are out of control - their behaviour has progressively gotten worse over the past month. Altho its pretty cold now in Ct, they still insist on free-ranging every day or they scream bloody murder when they hear someone outside. So I've been letting them out and they are wandering wherever they please, including my neighbor's yard, my back deck and staring into the house through the french doors (this is particularly disturbing when I am getting dressed). Grace, the worst of the bunch, insists on getting in my car when I leave the door open while getting my groceries and has actually driven down the street with me before I noticed her.
    They all LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the garage for some strange reason although they have gotten lost in there several times and have been unable to find their way out (a 2 car garage). When my husband was working in there the other day and wouldn't let them in, they pecked two good sized holes in the garage door. I'm sure its my fault for spoiling them but how do you discipline a chicken??
  2. Here's a great image: you actually get all the way to the store before noticing her. Guess you could put her in that little seat they have in shopping carts for kids. Tell he if she insists on getting in she's gonna have to share the driving.
  3. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    i love that your chciken rode in the car. i agree, her a car seat. lol.
  4. LittleChickenRacingTeam

    LittleChickenRacingTeam On vacation

    Jan 11, 2007
    Ontario, CANADA
    When mine get out of control I give them a 5min timeout in a special area that limits their movement. I tell them this is how poorly behaved chooks end up.


  5. Crunchie

    Crunchie Brook Valley Farm

    Mar 1, 2007
    MMmmmuuuuuwwwwahhhahhahahaha! [​IMG] That was just too funny.

    Yeah, I just call mine "chicken nugget" every time I see them for a few days. Usually gets the point across.

    Of course, they know I'm a vegetarian so they know I'm just bluffing...
  6. KFC gig is too funny!![​IMG]
  7. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    It does sound like you have a mischievious (sp?) little trio there, but I still had to smile.
    I don't think you can solve any of those problems, other than putting up some sort of barrier to keep them out of your neighbor's yard. You really may want to do it this time of year, as the cold preserves chicken poop longer than it does in the summer. Your neighbor may not appreciate all the little yard decorations...
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2007
  8. crazy4chicsinBC

    crazy4chicsinBC Songster

    Nov 22, 2007
    Abbotsford, B.C.
    Too Funny!
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2007
  9. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Is this a joke?
    If not, you might want to fence in a larger area for them and maybe throw some scratch in there. Maybe they need something to do.
  10. dusty910

    dusty910 In the Brooder

    May 9, 2007
    CT River Valley
    Although its kinda amusing, its really not a joke! Can you imagine being in a hurry to get somewhere and have to wrangle 3 chickens? Or finding one in your backseat and having to turn around and go home? I think you are right about having a fenced in area for them - they are taking over and dh is getting really ticked about the poop in the garage and now having to repair the holes they made.

    Oh, and thanks for the KFC picture - that really cracked me up - I may print it out and hang it in their coop [​IMG]

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