Hen comes at me sideways like a rooster

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by roxicat, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. roxicat

    roxicat Hatching

    Apr 7, 2013
    About a week ago, my hen was attacked by something unknown and left a hole on her back. (We have no roosters). Ever since, she won't let me pick her up and if I come to pick her up, she comes at me sideways putting her head down and shuffling. I've have her since she was a day old and always held her. She used to come running to me like a puppy, she knows her name and loved to be held and I would carry her around the yard. Now she won't even come up to me. Any ideas?
  2. appps

    appps Crowing

    Aug 29, 2012
    She's obviously been badly scared by something and is now super nervous and defensive. I would just go gently, slowing getting her used to feeding from your hand etc etc just like you would with a new bird. Dont push it take is slow. I would imagine once she settles down again she will be back to her old self as long as you dont push it while she is a bit nervous.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Leave her alone for a while, that's what she's asking you to do.

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