Mean Hen

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Zach Hangman, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. Zach Hangman

    Zach Hangman New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Aug 29, 2016
    Omaha Nebraska
    My dark Cornish hen is acting very strange. She's starting to peck at the other birds and she refuses to come near me when I put my hands down to pet her. She used to be a loving hen but any ideas what might have happened???:/:/
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    20,808
    3,984
    401
    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Molting?
     
  3. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    30,826
    6,036
    616
    Apr 11, 2010
    Utah
    [​IMG]

    Maybe she's become...the boss! Head of the flock, including you. Watch her, and make sure she isn't limping, just staying away from the flock fluffed up at times..in other words, make sure she isn't ill. I hope she gets back to her..nice self.
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    25,645
    1,834
    463
    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    I tend to agree...sounds like she's vying for top of the pecking order status.
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    28,617
    14,617
    616
    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
    CT
     
  6. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    I've had hens who began to get aggressive over food as well. Do you handfeed her often? She may be using chicken-language to tell you Hey! Feed me! She may also simply be turning into a big old jerk. Either way, whenever she does it just flick her on the beak or comb. She'll learn soon.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    82,400
    10,099
    816
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Zach, Welcome to Backyard chickens. Is she eating, drinking, and pooping okay? Does she ever mingle with the flock or only to peck them? Is she laying? Sounds like she woke up on the wrong end of the roost.
     
  8. Zach Hangman

    Zach Hangman New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Aug 29, 2016
    Omaha Nebraska
    She isnt laying yet but she gets along fairly well with the others until I put them in the run or the coop. Then she starts acting like a maniac before bed. I give them mealworms and a type of Japanese Beatle that they love eating off of the grape vine. But they never fight over their treats. Do you know of any ways to soften her up?
     
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2016
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    84,499
    3,794
    646
    Jun 15, 2012
    Washington
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by