My flock is attacking people!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SkyStorm, May 21, 2010.

  1. SkyStorm

    SkyStorm Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2010
    Well, my chicks are over 3 weeks old now, they have complete run of my yard. They can get to the porch, back, front, and everywere pretty much. I am not sure if this is normal flock behaviour, especially for such youngings. I will just start. I spend about 2 hours a day with my flock/herd (rabbits) in total. I pet them, hang out with them, and they love to sit on my legs. I noticed that now a days, they have started attacking people that are not me. Even my family, other people who are here all day long, they don't spend time with the chicks but they are in and out of the yard. My father and I were walking, out of no were 5 of my chicks came running out and tried to attack his feet. Luckily they are very small so it didn't hurt him. If I reach for them, sometimes they will go at me, but it is just like they go after another flock member, getting the pecking order down.
    I am constructing there coop right now though. Is this normal behaviour for young chicks, or any chickens, to attack people other then there handlers?
  2. WhetzelMomma

    WhetzelMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2009
    My adult chickens don't do this. I'm not sure if it's normal or not... I don't think it is, but it might also be something that your chicks will outgrow.
  3. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    it's normal chick behaviour... you'll see as soon as the hen make a noise (in this case = you), all chicks will come running and peck around the hen for food.
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Yup, I agree, it doesn't sound to me like they are "attacking" as such, just that they are swarming over to you to get the food you surely must be feeding (or revealing) to them [​IMG]

    3 wks is pretty young to be 'free ranging' without a hen to protect them, be real careful with that.

    Good luck, have fun,

  5. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    Chicks try everything in their mouth. I agree with the others, I think they are testing things out.
  6. SkyStorm

    SkyStorm Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2010
    Quote:I am not too worried. My yard is surrounded by a 6 foot brick wall. Plus they are mainly on my covered porch.

    Anyway, thanks guys. Again they are not attacking me, just other people.

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