Jealous, Aggressive Chicken. Help!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 19marvinn, Nov 2, 2016.

  1. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2015
    Every time I pick up my 19 w/o Red star of give her any love or attention, My 19 week old welsummer hen goes ballistic and attacks her. The welsummer wont let me touch her. She's very flighty and just mean! I love my red star so much and I like to hold and pet her but I can't anymore because she'll just get mauled if welsummer sees her. What do I do? This welsummer really has me ticked off!
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Shazam Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    You are disrupting the pecking order. The welsummer is obviously dominant over the red star so she gets punished because you give her extra attention. Chickens aren't capable of being mean, that's a human emotion. They do live with strict rules of dominance that keeps the flock orderly and peaceful, which you are disrupting. You can try to distract the welsummer with treats or pet the red star where the welsummer can't see you doing it.
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  3. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2016
    Mobile, AL
  4. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2015
    Aw:( I'm so sad. This red star has been my baby since birth. We have a good relationship. This welsummer is really a jerk! Ugh. Thank you
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Toss out a little scratch so everyone has something to do, and then visit with them; just sit there and see who comes over to visit. There's no way any of your pullets should attack you! Are you actually getting injured, or just annoyed? Carry a squirt gun or a big stick, and move her off! Always walk 'through' your birds, not around them, and make them get out of your way. Your birds should all respect your space at all times. Mary
  6. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    From these responses, I'm sure you're learning something about chicken psychology. Chicken society is extremely hierarchial. Everyone has rank, and there are those that take it upon themselves to enforce it.

    When you hold your favorite chicken, she becomes a captive that is vulnerable to being trounced by an enforcer. Make sure you file this information away in your head. If a chicken is selected for attentions, and she has low rank or has bullies, you make her an easy target when you confine her movement. It's how chickens roll.

    Old hen advises well. Do your visiting with your favorite where the others won't censor the action.
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  7. henny1129

    henny1129 Crazy Livestock Gal

    @oldhenlikesdogs has given you great advice! :) Honestly, if it was me, and the Welsummer continues to be annoying, I would either send her to Freezer Camp or sell her. I can't stand hens that are jealous like this and I admit, we used to have a lot of chickens (13) and a lot had "behavioral problems", so let's say we just eliminated them from the flock (humanely of course!) and now we are down to 4, happy, healthy, friendly hens. Hope this helps! :D

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