mean chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tim cantrell, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. tim cantrell

    tim cantrell New Egg

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    hello all,
    I have two chickens, both hens, Rhode island reds.
    Every time i let them out of the chicken coop, they attack me. jumping up and pecking my feet and legs. how do i get them to stop without hurting them? they are good birds otherwise and lay lots of eggs. I let them free range all day and only lock them up at night. please, any help would really be appreciated.
     
  2. Wyatt0224

    Wyatt0224 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like your hens don't respect you. What might deter them is you holding them. If not there are other things you can try.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    'Peck' them back...using your 'hand beak' (first 2 fingers and thumb held together at the tips).
    'Peck' them on the head or wherever you can reach, follow them a few feet for a few extra pecks.
    Fast and firmly, they can take it, it's how they do to each other and about the only thing they understand.

    Put your hand on their backs, push down and hold them to the ground, 'gently' but firmly.
    Hold them down, tug on the feathers in the back of their necks with other hand, until they submit.
     
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  4. tim cantrell

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    Thanks Aart! I did it today and it worked!! I can't believe that it was that easy. They both submit now,it only took once.
    Thanks again.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    WooHoo!!!
    Sometimes you have to 'be the chicken' (the TOP chicken!).
     
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  6. tim cantrell

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    Gotcha!!
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    chickens really
    "Your like Cesar ......Your a Chicken Whisperer.... Cheers!!!"
    @chickens really
    ....Nah, it's just observing and understanding how the birds interact with each other,
    then using that knowledge to communicate with them in ways they understand.
    See my centrarchid quote in my siggy.
     

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