Hen Aggression

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickens R Us, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Whenever I pick up one of my hens and then go to set her back down the other hens attack her. What gives? Is this just part of the pecking order. It seems to happen to every hen that I pick up. No matter what breed.

  2. Brandi Leigh

    Brandi Leigh Songster

    Stop picking them up. [​IMG]
  3. LeJeune1

    LeJeune1 Chirping

    Jul 25, 2011
    Allen Parish, LA
    You coulld create a distraction when you place her down, such as throwing some scratch or apples or other treats. . .. I guess we have been pretty lucky with our flock, gentle breeds and not much fighting or pecking.
  4. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

    Jul 29, 2012
    Oregon City, OR
    My Coop
    Gonna throw this out there, no scientific proof to back it up. If you are picking up a lower hen in the pecking order that could be causing this. Maybe start by holding the top girl first and work your way down the order, then next time reverse it and see if there is a difference in behavior.
  5. Thanx I'll try that.

  6. kdwag

    kdwag Chirping

    Jul 14, 2012
    Northwest Ohio
    My Rhode Island Red would do that any time I picked up one of my other 3 when they were younger, they are barred and partridge rocks, the RIR seems to be at the bottom of the pecking order and my one barred is for sure the top. The other 3and I, just ignored her and then she finally stopped doing it. I do believe it's a pecking order thing though. They are now 17 weeks old.

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