Mean Hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by BeckyLew, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. BeckyLew

    BeckyLew New Egg

    Mar 6, 2012
    I hope I'm posting this in the right spot. I have a mean hen! She is a Rhode Island Red and almost a year old. She started pecking at me and then the kids. Now she is even going after my husband. We are about to get rid of her but I wanted to see if anyone has any ideas on how to tame a chicken. I've tried squirting her with a bottle (only when she's attacking) and ignoring her attacks. Nothing seems to help and my kids are now terrified of her. She's a great layer but I can't deal with pecked children!
  2. cooped up

    cooped up Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2012
    Portland, Or
    I seperate awneryness from the rest of my flock. If this is an only hen I would re-name her Stew and get another bird.{ sorry that sounds cold]

    I am going to cull my flock as soon as my pullets start laying, and there are 2 awnery hens already have their name changed.
  3. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2011
    I agree, get rid of her. Aggression isn't a favorable trait in chickens, and shouldn't be tolerated. You'll enjoy your peaceful yard SO much more afterwards, and I suspect your other chickens will too.
  4. ozzchicken

    ozzchicken Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 3, 2011
    I had a very aggressive hen I put her in a large dog crate for two weeks it seemed to calm her down.
  5. BeckyLew

    BeckyLew New Egg

    Mar 6, 2012
    Thanks for the responses. My husband really wants to keep this hen but I do not like her at all!! Our other hens are getting pecked and I'm sure she is the pecker. I thought of separating her but I've heard that it causes stress for hens to be alone. Thanks again!

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