Hen attacking me!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by maldoncrazylady, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. maldoncrazylady

    maldoncrazylady Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 1, 2011
    Ive raised this Silver Grey Dorking Blue egg layer from an egg and she was always indoors with the family, but since last Autum when I put her outside with the others full time, she has obviously matured and has now become very aggressive to me and my 8 yr old Granddaughter, oow and the Dog gets it in the butt too, its not funny now she bigger, as it hurts me when she jump kicks, she has just started to lay and because she's a rare breed I dont really want to cull her, but I can't have her chasing us all around the garden all summer long, an ideas to stop her doing this to us?? [​IMG]
  2. kcjones

    kcjones Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2011
    Carry a chicken stick, I use a 4 foot one and have a 10 foot 3/4 inch PVC herding stick, My rooster will attack my hand, but has never attacked the stick.Haven't ever hit him with stick, but he has always respected the chickenstick.
  3. UncleTommy

    UncleTommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2011
    Sanger, CA
    she has decided that you are below her in the pecking order, I've had them do that to me, one little roo almost got strangled on the spot when he almost drew blood. My favorite way of fixing it is to just pick the darn bird up, carry it around and when your ready to put it down hold it to the floor before you decide to let it go. I've also flipped them upside down if they really flipped out.
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    You set a precedent allowing her to chase you the first time. To stop that you need to show dominance. Chase her around, never run from her again-charge her if she gets uppity.
  5. chickiewhite

    chickiewhite Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 1, 2009
    Hold her down and gently push her head down to a bow.
  6. FiascoFarmer

    FiascoFarmer Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 26, 2011
    Farmington, NH
    The "Forced Bow" always works great for me... Followed by the hold them on the deck till I feel it is time for them to be allowed to go. Also the "Upside-down Hold" works great for the Flip-out Chickens too. I usually use this to get a Roo to give up, then I carry him around for 15-30 minutes and make sure ALL the girl see it. [​IMG]

    Good Luck!![​IMG]
  7. ChicKat

    ChicKat Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Quote:Welcome to the Forum MaldoncrazyLady,

    Wow--- what great answers your question generated. I have a bamboo plant stake that I use to direct my birds---- kind of like a herding stick.....to keep them going in the direction I want when transferring between pen, run or different places, or to get them out from under the steps or deck. kcjones is an inspiration.

    good advice to us all about making sure the chooks know where they are and where we are in the pecking order. Thanks posters.
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    You need to do this to her....


    This girl here could rip the hide off a buffalo, she is that mean! I tried all the tricks...holding her down, flipping her over on her back, carrying her around for days, even locking her up for a spell. None of it worked on her. But these Pinless Peepers did the trick! She has been sporting these peepers since last September and has not bitten me or the other girls since then. I am going to leave them on her a few more months to see if it "adjusted her attitude".

    It was either rehome her, eat her or make her wear these Peepers. She seems quite content, does just fine in life, gets to stay out of the stew pot and lives a good life all because of "Pinless Peepers". You can get them at eggcartons.com.

    Good luck! [​IMG]
  9. maldoncrazylady

    maldoncrazylady Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 1, 2011
    Thanks you guys Ive taken onboard everything youve said and went out yesturday and faced the Cracken( katie bird to us), as soon as I let her out of her pen, I chased her around the garden before she had time to go for me! After a jogging session on my part, I wore her down, got her in a corner and held her head down, after that I walked away expecting her to attack my backside, but to my relief she stayed away from me. Today I was surprised by her behaviour, no growling at me, no jump kick, no nothing, peace at last! I will keep up my dominance of her should she start again, but after my little temper tantrum at her, (she didnt know what had hit her), things seem better at last!


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