Moody Hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by AnnaM224, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. AnnaM224

    AnnaM224 New Egg

    May 10, 2016
    Hello everyone! I have three beautiful girls that are 1 1/2 years old. I've had them since they were a few months old (thinking this would get them use to being handled and friendly) and two of them are little angels but the third can be aggressive. She stands as tall as she can and if you touch another chicken near her or go to touch her she pecks. None of them have been clucky before so I've ruled that out but was wondering if anyone has some tips on how to bring her around? Thank you! [​IMG]
  2. peeper89

    peeper89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2017
    What doe u mean by never clucky

    Shes being mean. Peck her back-u the boss.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!!

    The term 'clucky' is often used to say a hen is 'broody' and wants to set on eggs to hatch them,
    is that what you mean? Are you from the UK or AU?
    Yes broody or clucky hens can be bitey but usually only when they are setting a nest.

    The aggression you are seeing is not uncommon.
    Since you have only 3 females in your flock she is probably taking on the role a cockbird would usually take in 'protecting' the flock.

    Peeper is correct, peck her back, be the 'head hen'.
    I don't allow this kind of aggression from my birds and few good pecks with the tips of your fingers usually does the trick, gotta be fast and firm just like a chicken would be...maybe even chase a few steps pecking head or anywhere. If that doesn't work hold them down to the ground with your hand on their back until they submit should prove your dominance.
  4. AnnaM224

    AnnaM224 New Egg

    May 10, 2016
    Thank you for the tips! When I said clucky I meant broody sorry, that's what we call it in my family haha I've heard that usually brings on the aggression. I've tried bumping her back on her chest and she just kind of launches herself at me then [​IMG] must be firm!! Haha
  5. mustangrooster

    mustangrooster Chillin' With My Peeps


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