Mean Barred Rock Hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rcr191, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. rcr191

    rcr191 Hatching

    Aug 14, 2010
    :(Hi - my name is Karen from Washington) I am new to raising chickens and I have 5 pullets - one is a barred rock and she has turned extremely mean. Whenever I put my hand in the pen, she comes running and pecks me - has drawn blood twice. She even leaps into the air to try to peck me. All the pullets are about 4 1/2 months old. Is there anything I can do about this. She "WAS" my favorite, but not anymore!!!! Thanks.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2010
  2. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Songster

    Apr 20, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    I have heard of people picking them up and carrying them around for a while to get them to calm down. You need to repeat it often though. You could try that.
  3. trunkman

    trunkman Songster

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    welcome to BYC! I would do the same to show her who is boss, and you don't attack the boss... [​IMG]
  4. beachchickie

    beachchickie Songster

    Dec 6, 2009
    Is it a rooster instead? I have had an issue with a hen that I was skiddish of for awhile. I picked her up and walked with her backwards it worked for awhile. Oh and before I sat her down I gave her a peanut.
  5. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    My BRs are VERY bossy to the other girls, but they are wonderful with me. They are bad about giving the other birds a sharp peck on the head for basically no reason other than they want to let them know who the big cheese is.
    That almost sounds like rooster behavior...
  6. rcr191

    rcr191 Hatching

    Aug 14, 2010
    Thanks so much. I will try that starting this morning.
  7. mgw

    mgw Songster

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    Tou can also try pinning her to the ground like with a rooster to show dominance. Hold her down for awhile after she calms down so she realizes she is dominated, you will have to do this evertime she gets into her attack stance or gives you the stink eye. When you are entering the run just remember you are really entering the octogon LOL.[​IMG]
  8. Morgan7782

    Morgan7782 Dense Egg Goo

    Mar 22, 2010
    Sacramento CA
    Quote:My Barred Rock is the same way! She is total boss of the others, including my HUGE Brahma, but she is very sweet to me. I think once or twice she has pecked me, trying to bully me, and I just give her a push or a swat on the butt. Yes, I spank my chicken lol. Not hard, but firm enough to make her think twice about doing it again.

    She has NEVER drawn blood though. Do you have a picture of the guilty chicken? I am curious if it is a rooster as well..
  9. cluckiemama

    cluckiemama Chirping

    Mar 19, 2010
    My 3 barred rock (and 3 austrolorp) were the same. The pecks really hurt. They would peck my toes - I wasn't sure if they thought it was food or if it was aggression! I was getting worried and upset because I didn't want them aggressive to friends and family visiting. I tried snapping my fingers and stomping my feet, and that helped a little, but I think what was the best was picking them up - I think it showed them I'm the alpha female![​IMG]
  10. emrys

    emrys Songster

    Sep 3, 2009
    If you don't have a rooster, she may have assumed that role. If that's the case you might try treating her like a mean rooster to see if that brings her back in line.

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