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High strung chicken!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by speckledegg, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. speckledegg

    speckledegg Out Of The Brooder

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    Holy Moly! Our RSL is seriously HIGH STRUNG!! She RUNS everywhere like she is being chased or she is running chasing the babies. She is always looking like someone is ready to kill her! lol! She was getting a little too aggressive with the chicks (8 wks old) and chasing them ALL over the yard. I felt bad for the little guys so I put her in her cage. OMG. Her world is ending. She is giving ME anxiety just watching her freak out at being alone in her cage! Is this normal chicken behavior?? lol! It's a little funny and then it's a little stressful! I have enough anxiety thank you very much! I can't handle chicken anxiety!
     
  2. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    I adopted a RIR hen a couple years ago that had been in a domestic violence relationship with a roo, she also watched her first husband get stolen by an owl.
    She displayed alot of these weird behaviors you mentioned when I got her. I had to put her seperate for a while then introduced her to my gentle RIR roo and
    was able to put both back in the flock together with no more trouble.I think maybe your time out plan may work with her, she'll have to work her way back
    into the pecking order later.
     
  3. speckledegg

    speckledegg Out Of The Brooder

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    That's good to hear maybe she can work it out. I'm ready to start trying to integrate the littles with the 2 big girls and so far I think my BSL will tolerate the babies just fine, so I may start with her and let the RSL chill for awhile by herself. She's definitely not happy her BSL friend isn't in their cage with her!
     
  4. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Lol it sounds like some successful marriages I've seen in life. A really high strung spouse with a really mellow one. Together they make one normal human.

    I have a high-strung EE that acts like my DH and I are plotting to stewpot her at any moment. No amount of treats and gentle handling can convince her that we arn't monsters from the abyss. Just the other day we gently clipped her wing after dark, and BOY do we have a sulking bird now. She'll get under the coop and hunch her back up and turn it to us. Jeeze louise, you'd think we had cut off her leg instead of a few little feather tips.
     

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