Lap Chicken Turned Vicious

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mavrik, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. Mavrik

    Mavrik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a production red about 21 weeks old today, that would run to me before to be picked up every time it saw me. Then over weeks, if I put it down (or not pick up) before s/he was done, it would attack my feet/legs. Now it's up to I have to pick it up fast or get bit and if it knows I'm about to put it on the ground it will bite me, it's drawing blood (5x now).

    What is up with this chicken?
     
  2. SilkieChickenLover336

    SilkieChickenLover336 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it a rooster or hen?

    Did she lay eggs yet?
     
  3. Mavrik

    Mavrik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No egg, no crow yet, straight run chicks.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Frequently over socialized chickens lose the distinction between us and them. She regards you as one of the flock and is giving the same treatment that flockmates would receive. Time to convince that you are dominant and not an equal.
     
  5. Tres Amigas

    Tres Amigas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This chicken is letting you know it owns you. Time for school.
     
  6. SanctusPullus

    SanctusPullus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL Yep.
     
  7. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy

    Maybe you're not holding him right and he is trying to train you. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  8. Mavrik

    Mavrik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Train it in what way exactly?

    I scold it and it becomes more aggressive and challenged like a fight.
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Quote:"Scold a chicken"? Treat it like a chicken. Subdue it and force it to the ground until it stops struggling. If it gets back up and becomes aggressive repeat the process. Stop thinking of it as an equal and regard it is a mini velociraptor that wants its own way.
     
  10. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your best bet is to treat her as a rooster would - put your hand on her back and hold her to the ground.
     

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