My pullets are biting!

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

  1. lablover

    lablover Songster

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    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

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    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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