Hens need a Time Out!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by alogue5173, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. alogue5173

    alogue5173 Chirping

    Sep 11, 2012
    Harrison, Georgia
    Is there anyway to deal with bad chicken behavior? I have 10 hens and 1 roo and they follow me all around the yard when I'm outside. Most of them are very well behaved, but I have two or three hens that peck me in the back of the legs when walking. If I have jeans on it is a minimal irritation, but when I am in shorts it is downright painful. I have tried scolding them but they don't really seem to care. Any ideas? I know it seems really silly, but I was wondering if there is any was to discourage bad chicken behavior?????
  2. Rmstuck

    Rmstuck In the Brooder

    Sep 11, 2012
    I would also like to know. I have 2 hens that will peck and bite my wife in the toes. She doesn't have nail polish on so its not like they think it's strawberries. They also bite her ring finger but I think because of her diamonds sparkling. I would also like a way to scold them from biting her. The other 4 leave her alone.
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2012
  3. alogue5173

    alogue5173 Chirping

    Sep 11, 2012
    Harrison, Georgia
    Do they have juvenile hall for chickens?
  4. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I take my finger curl it back & thump them back.Not trying to hurt them just enough to let them know. Works for me.
  5. Chicks Galore3

    Chicks Galore3 Artistic Bird Nut

    Dec 16, 2011
    I soooo need this too! What about discouraging them from going in the garden?
  6. hillbillyfarmer

    hillbillyfarmer In the Brooder

    Jul 9, 2010
    I have 2 Delaware roosters that do the same thing to get attention from me. So I pick them up and give them some attention they let out a hardy crow, I put them down and then they go about their business. Does make me mad some times because it really hurts even with jeans on so I know where your coming from. And I have not found any way to discourage it not that I have really tried.
  7. Angie8eggs

    Angie8eggs Songster

    Apr 17, 2012
    Do you have freckles on your legs? I do, and on my arms, they would do that to me, I don't think they mean anything but it, at least I hope not! :p
  8. jed2012

    jed2012 Chirping

    Jun 1, 2012
    West Valley City, Utah
    my favorite chicken died from pecking my mom's earing off!!! i cried and cried and cried!!! [​IMG]we found her intestines out. :'( she always greeted me when i said"here! chicky chick chick chick chick chick chick!" like saying here kitty.
  9. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

    May 11, 2011
    West Virginia
    My Coop
    Fence it or plan to stand guard at all times while they are roaming and have the ability to enter the garden.
  10. PrairieChickens

    PrairieChickens Songster

    Jun 29, 2012
    When a hen pecks at you, you just take a finger and either tap them on top of the head or give them a quick-little poke. This is kind of an imitation of their pecking-order behavior, and they get the message pretty quick. "Don't peck me--I'm bigger than you and I won't put up with it." Most hens are pretty polite--their rules of etiquette are just a bit different from ours.

    As for how to keep a chicken out of the garden... you don't. :p You can try fencing them out of it, but short of standing guard while they're ranging there's very little way to keep them from paying your peppers a visit or tearing up all of your mulch in search of bugs. One note on keeping chickens out of gardens--I've found that instead of trying to herd or chase them out of the garden, it is far more effective to toss a dirt clod up in the air so that it lands in their general vicinity. This causes a thump and a rustle that is usually enough to encourage the chickens to move out of the vegetable garden and into more open terrain where they can keep an eye out for predators. This encourages them out of your garden without them making a connection between you and something that caused them alarm.
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