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My hen is very panicky, is she alright?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bella002, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. bella002

    bella002 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a White D'uccle Bantam hen who is about a year old now. She is at the bottom of the pecking order in my flock. Every time I try picking her up, she will try to bite my hand, but if I'm careful enough, I can get her without being pecked. When I hold her, I can feel her heart beating really fast and I'm afraid she might have a heart attack or something else along those lines. Should I stop picking her up?
     
  2. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    It's up to you I think. You can stop or you can hold her until you feel her relax. Feed her some snacks while you're holding her too so she associates you with good.

    I had one who would not eat when I held her at first so don't panic, but after a while she started to take a few greedy bites.
     
  3. bella002

    bella002 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you, I'll try that!
     
  4. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm sure if you give her enough time she'll come around [​IMG] then she'll be your best buddy.
     

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