My hen attacked me WHY??????????????/

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jackie Paige, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. Jackie Paige

    Jackie Paige Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 4, 2011
    Just got my baby chicks this spring and everything been going well... They are getting to be hens now and can't wait to get eggs... Last night went down and they all came running to me petting them and then Sally all of a sudden attacked me got two huge scratches on my leg as well as a puncture ... WHY!!!!!!!!!!! and what can I do to stop this.... Would hate to make nugget out of her???? PLEASE HELP!!![​IMG]
  2. kera!

    kera! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2011
    Navajo County
    Sure Its A Girl? Sounds Like Rooster Behavior,,,never Had A Mean Hen.. Post Pics ..maybe She Did Realize It Was You. What Breed.
  3. N&MSchroeder

    N&MSchroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2011
    SE Idaho
    kera! :

    Sure Its A Girl? Sounds Like Rooster Behavior,,,never Had A Mean Hen.. Post Pics ..maybe She Did Realize It Was You. What Breed.

    agree, sounds like a rooster. [​IMG] You may not be able to upload pictures until you have posted a few more times. This is meant to keep spammers off of here. Give it a try and let us know if you need help. AND [​IMG]
  4. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2011

    That's a rooster that you're describing. The only reason a hen would be a protective breed like Old English was protecting chicks. And even then, they don't puncture like roos do.
  5. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

    May 1, 2011
    Olathe, Kansas
    can you post a pic of the predator? [​IMG]
  6. orpingtonbabies

    orpingtonbabies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2011
    I agree. Sounds like a rooster... If you post a few times around the forum, you should be able to upload pics if you click on "uploads" at the top of the page...
    then we'll know for sure if it's a roo.
    Good Luck!
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    My juveniles, regardless of sex, will occasionally flog my hand when it contains prized food item. Seems to be out of frustration. I make certain it does not result in a more rapid food award. They outgrow habit quickly. Does sometimes resume with hens tending chicks as they seem famished whe trying to get eats for young.
  8. chkinut

    chkinut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    my 5 month old Speckled Sussex attacked me about 2 weeks ago. but i believe she had a good reason. i have 1 month old chicks and i keep them in a grow out pen during the day, and transfer them to a "chick coop" at night. well, i was in the process of transferring them....and she always seems VERY interested in the little guys. watching them in their pen, close up, etc. well, one morning during the transfer, i put a little chick kinda close to her so she could "socialize" with it....i was holding the baby. as i lowered the chick, she got this crooked stance with one shoulder/wing (do chickens have shoulders? lol) down, and the other one up. i took that as a sign of aggression and immediately stood up and then she attacked my leg!!! i scolded her with my voice (not yelling though) and went about my business. she's a great girl otherwise. and i wasn't mad at her cuz i figured she was ticked off at the baby. but your situation sounds different. i hope we hear back from you and see a pic of the perp.
  9. Orange Ribbon

    Orange Ribbon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    Your chicken might have just gotten a little rambunctious thinking it was going to get something to eat. My whole flock comes running from all ends of the property when I go outside, and if I don't have anything a few of them will peck at my pants leg or shoes. I have gone out in short pants and sometimes they pinch pretty good. I wouldn't consider any of mine mean although some of them can be a bully to the other birds at feeding time, especially the red sex links.
  10. kera!

    kera! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2011
    Navajo County
    my hens will peck around and what not when I am out with or with out treats but this sort of description sounds to much like a roo...and the age sounds like he is just mature enough to get mad!

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