How to be the Alpha of the Flock

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kschicks2013, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. kschicks2013

    kschicks2013 Chirping

    Nov 19, 2012
    Fernley, Nevada, when I go into the chicken enclosure one of my Buff Rocks gets a bit aggressive or tries to exert her authority.....I am cleaning the enclosure or checking for eggs and she comes up to me and starts clucking. I really don't know if she's going to attack me or just wants to be friends, but I don't want to get pecked or attacked. How can I show her that I'm the boss and she is not? I'm new to chickens so I don't know if this is normal behavior for them or if it needs to be corrected.

    Thanks for your advice. They do take treats out of my hand when I give them treats.
  2. Hayduke27

    Hayduke27 Songster

    Apr 11, 2013
    Gunnison, CO
    If you have a chicken that you need to assert authority over, you can always just put your hands over its wings and pin it to the ground. Let the other chickens come over and see it stuck there, under your hands, and often times that will be enough to pass on the message.
  3. JackE

    JackE Crowing

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    She probably more or less just wants to be friends. I have a few hens that come up to me and yak at me. Some I can pick up and handle a bit, others just want to talk. I sure your hen means no harm or threat. I would not pin her to the ground or anything else like that. If we were talking about a rooster, it would be different. But a hen (Unless you have a broody, sometimes they can get crabby) is as harmless as they come.
  4. kschicks2013

    kschicks2013 Chirping

    Nov 19, 2012
    Fernley, Nevada
    Oh great thanks....I was thinking that was what was going on but not sure......I wouldn't pin her down that's for sure. I want them to like me not be afraid of me....

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