How do you deal with chickens that are obsessed with you?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by madwomn, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. madwomn

    madwomn Out Of The Brooder

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    I recently purchased this little girl (guy?) from a local who had a laundry basket full of 100 sexed chicks. I chose this one because I keep an assortment of bantams (I live in town and can keep more chickens if I keep bantams [​IMG] ).
    The difficulty is that this chicken, whom I have named Custard, who lived with 99 other babies and had little to no human contact before I bought her, is completely obsessed with me. Don't get me wrong. I love her (him?), but she cries like I'm killing her if I walk away, she sits on my arm or my lap while I'm working on my computer (and she can't type worth a darn, though that doesn't stop her from trying), and heaven forbid I should put her in a cage to mow the lawn.
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    She's also spazzy and noisy in the extreme. I'm sitting here on the sofa with a chicken on my arm, but two seconds from now, when she's finished cleaning herself, she's likely to jump straight up in the air and run in circles for a second, then squat down, then jump up, run past and peck me wherever's handy, then strut around looking at me like I'm at fault. She rides the dog around like she's a rodeo cowboy and the rest of the time when she's not digging at my hand to make a nest shape so she can relax in comfort, she's in perfectly competent flight.
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    At 9 weeks, she's just a little bigger than a robin.
    Is all of this because she's part OEGB or do I have yet another brain damaged chicken?
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    The bruise on her comb is from jumping into the coop with the rest of the girls (I was in there!), where my lead hen promptly gave this girl a little religion.
    If you think she's a he, would you tell me why? I'm a novice at that part of chicken keeping and if this kiddo is male, it will be the second time I've chosen wrong and have to find another place for a rooster. I'd like to stop myself from doing it again!
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I definitely think it is a he! The big, red comb, for only 9 weeks of age is a dead giveaway. I'm also seeing the start of some pointy sickle feathers (the ones that start just in front of the tail). Sorry, I can't explain the rest of the behaviors to you though....
     
  3. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

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