My pullets are biting!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lablover, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. lablover

    lablover Songster

    Apr 7, 2012
    My pullets are about 9 weeks old. I've had them since they were chicks, but they did not like being held unless they decided to roost on me on their terms. Now 2 out of the 5 peck/bite by finger/hand as I'm reaching for them. I understand that this could be threatening to them, but I want hens that I can handle! Will they stop with time and more handling? I've found with the ones that struggle, that if I hold them (feet still on the ground) until they stop and relax, they don't panic as much the next time. Is this right?
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    It's a dominance thing. Take your index finger and tap them on the top of the head until they back down. I've been bitten by far more pullets than cockerels.

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