Ouch! What a peck

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by henrietta101, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. henrietta101

    henrietta101 In the Brooder

    Oct 8, 2011
    I am new to chickens and have pullets roughly at 12 weeks. When I hand feed 3 of them ouch does it hurt. They peck like mad. I get the kids to put a little food in a cup as it was hurting them. Is this something to do with as they get older? Or is it that they are REALLY HUNGRY!!! I have been wondernig if i am giving them enough.

  2. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

    Apr 11, 2011
    I have a few that are hard peckers also. Some even like to peck and twist at the same time - OUCH! Of course, nothing hurts like getting pecked in the eye (yes, it happened last week!) When I get pecked hard, I sometimes try to grab their beak and hold it closed for a couple of seconds with a stern "NO." Or I push the culprit away and let the others eat first. Don't know if it helps, I'm new at this.
  3. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    I know what you mean. I feed my little flock meal worms and one of the BO's does not want to come around front and share in the fight with the other hens. She goes around behind me and pecks me in the back to let me know she's there. At first I thought that was cute, but now her beak is sharper and she pecks harder. Needless to say I don't wear a tee shirt anymore. Also while she's pecking she sing a little tune too. I guess the tune is suppose to keep my response calm. [​IMG]
  4. Ukiah

    Ukiah Chirping

    Nov 15, 2011
    I have some who HURT when being fed out of my hand, then others who are

    as gentle as they can be. I think it's just an individual chicken thing. Some peck
    harder than others. That's how my flock is, anyways. I even have them memorized
    by who pecks hard and who don't xD I have some like dobieslady1, too. Peck and
    twist [​IMG] THAT'S what hurts.

  5. mcjessen

    mcjessen Songster

    Mar 22, 2011
    Coeur d Alene ID
    My Australorp is a hard pecker. LOL! That made me laugh after I typed it. When hand feeding she is so aggressive that she'll peck and twist. It's like she's never eaten before. My BO isn't interested in being hand fed anymore but from what I remember, she was pretty gentle.
  6. peterlund

    peterlund Songster

    Jan 29, 2010
    MA Cranberry Country
    Quote:My BO's are the same.... They are so social, but kind of demand special attention.... Works most of the time I admit! [​IMG]
  7. cluck-darth-peep

    cluck-darth-peep In the Brooder

    Jun 28, 2011
    upper ohio
    Quote:They do not understand when you grab their beak and say no. They WILL UNDERSTAND if you grab a feather and hold on for 5 seconds. The leader of the pack, will always grab a wing with its beak to keep other chickens in line. My BR is the leader and when she would walk behind me and grab my cloths (humans have no feathers to grab), I would hang onto a feather. After the 3rd attempt at my cloths and I held onto a feather, she never pecked me or pulled my cloths again. Think CHICKEN. [​IMG]

  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Cluck-darth-peep is correct. Holding the beak doesn't mean anything to a chicken, and the response to "No!" is usually "Bok!?!?"

    So, I peck back, using my forefinger and middle finger together to thunk the hen right on the side of her head. If she does it again, I peck her again. The third time, I pull on a feather.

    They really do learn not to peck when you do this.

    (ETA: the word "on" as I pull ON a feather, not pull one out as one might surmise from my original syntax.)
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2011
  9. Pele

    Pele Songster

    Feb 25, 2011
    Quote:We're always on the same page Gryeyes [​IMG]

    And it is true that some hens are a proverbial bull in a china shop with their beaks, while others are as delicate as brain surgeons. Go figure, chickens are weird (delightfully so).

  10. cluck-darth-peep

    cluck-darth-peep In the Brooder

    Jun 28, 2011
    upper ohio
    Quote:Thanks Gryeyes. And I must stress I am NOT pulling out a feather, just grab one and hold it for a few seconds when she pulls back, then let the feather go. You just told her, no, in chicken. But please, do not pull out the feather. Your only holding the feather for a few seconds then letting go. She will get the idea and stop pecking your cloths, remember, you have no feathers so its the cloths they tug. Your chicken is keeping you, in line. Watch how she does this quick feather pull to her flock and you will see how to think chicken, not human. Again, you are not pulling the feather out.

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