My chickens peck at me and guests

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hez2, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. Hez2

    Hez2 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 16, 2016
    HI everyone's! I have raised my chicks since they were 3 days old. When they were in the house I would spend at least an hour a day with them. They are now 9 weeks old and outside. I spend about 30 min with them about every 1-2 days. When I go in the run and sit they are pecking at me especially when I am holding another chicken. They also peck at the chicken I am holding. I gently push them away but they keep coming back. Am I needing to spend more time with them? How do I get them to stop? I have learned not to wear buttons or polka dots around them as this just makes them peck more. Help please!
  2. Dipsey

    Dipsey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2015
    I don't know how to break chickens of bad behavior like that. But I do know a squirt bottle works miracles on my cats. When they are bad like scratching places they shouldn't a quick squirt seams to divert their attention and they stop. Maybe it will work on chickens???
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  3. Chickenmanjim7

    Chickenmanjim7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2015
    Aberdeen, Washington
    well it depends. Is it rough/hard pecking or just little taps? Taps could be them wanting more attention. If its hard pecking then hopefully some other people on here no how to break the habit.
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  4. Hez2

    Hez2 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 16, 2016
    Well, it hurts but it isn't rough.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Do not allow them to peck you, they are being dominant and/or demanding treats/food......

    .....peck them back, sharp rap with fingertips/thumb on top of head, that's the 'language' they understand.

    Be the Head Hen!
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    As posted by Chicken juggler..
    Cut the apron strings and teach then to respect your space. Do not hand feed. put all treats on the ground and chase them away till you put the treats down and walk away.
  7. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2013
    Lower Alabama
    I get pecked my chickens & quail about 50 times a day, every day. I consider it part of doing chicken business.
  8. The scrambler

    The scrambler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2016
    Can anyone please tell me if they know, why my chicken is pecking at her egg she lays? This is a daily occurrence. Thanks so much for the help!
  9. Chickenmanjim7

    Chickenmanjim7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2015
    Aberdeen, Washington
    It is possible at one time she layed a soft shelled egg and ate it. As long as she isn't breaking it, it shouldn't be a problem.
  10. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 25, 2012
    Chickens explore their world by pecking at everything in it. It's called being curious. The things that chickens peck at and find tasty, they eat. Therefor chickens peck at every new thing that they see.

    Put a bright red dot on an old pare of athletic shoes and ware them the next time you feed. Watch your chickens go crazy trying to eat this "bloody" dot off you shoes.
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2016

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