Is there anything I can do for constant pecking

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by OrganicVanek, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. OrganicVanek

    OrganicVanek Out Of The Brooder

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    I know this sounds ridiculous, and I feel silly even asking, I mean chickens peck. It's what they do. But I have one hen ( a barred rock) who I don't even want to be around because if she is in pecking distance of me she will. And she's not gentle about it. I hate to dread any of my girls, but she is really a pain in the butt (sometimes quite literally). Anything I can do?
     
  2. ChickenGrit

    ChickenGrit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You may try the "rooster" method on her. If she pecks or acts aggressive towards you, you pick her up and carry her around until she settles down. That way YOU are the top of the pecking order. I know roosters will challenge people to be the top of the pecking order, so I expect a hen will, too.
     
  3. OrganicVanek

    OrganicVanek Out Of The Brooder

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    that is very interesting - thanks ChickenGrit. I'll give it a try!
     
  4. micah O

    micah O Chillin' With My Peeps

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    at the computer.
    I just give a good swap and it obeys.
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2013

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