Indifferent Pullets; Puberty or Hawk Trauma? (17 Weeks)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by speckledegg728, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. speckledegg728

    speckledegg728 In the Brooder

    Oct 14, 2016
    Rural Ohio.
    I have five pullets that have been acting strangely for a while now. As the title says, they're rather indifferent to me. When they were younger, and there were six of them, I could go into their coop, sit down on a bucket, and have at least half of them perched on my legs. They would fall asleep there, and be very easy to handle in general.

    When they were ten weeks old, I lost Ginny, head of the pecking order, to a hawk. I could tell they grieved her. The coop was silent most days, for a long time. It became harder and harder to get one of them to perch with me.

    But of course, they are also getting closer to the point of lay, so I was curious if that could be a factor.

    It's not as if they hate me. I mean, most eat from my hand except for the two skittish girls. Two still sometimes pop up to my knee for a visit. But it's so rare that it makes me sad. They used to come right up as soon as I went to sit on the bucket.

    What could be the primary cause of this change in affection towards me? I'm out there at least four times a day and they are spoiled rotten, I really don't know what to do. :(

  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    At this point, I think that their indifference is probably due to them maturing and developing different personalities. The hawk attack might have had a temporary effect, but since they probably don't associate you with the hawk attack (or remember the incident well), I don't think that is the explanation.

    I would just keep spoiling them and spending time around them. Many hens mellow down once they have been laying for a while, so maybe that will be true for them, too.

    Good luck! And I'm sorry for your loss to the hawk. [​IMG]
  3. enrgizerbunny

    enrgizerbunny Chirping

    Mar 7, 2016
    All teenagers rebel at some point. ALL teenagers.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Agrees it's a maturity thing, if they are near point of lay(18-24 weeks old)...they may become more friendly later on, or not.

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