Pecking me!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Iheartchicks<3:), Sep 5, 2010.

  1. Iheartchicks<3:)

    Iheartchicks<3:) Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2010
    Mount Vernon, WA
    my month olds keep pecking me. i push them back on there chest with my fist (not beating them or punching them as grandpa thought) but they still do it. how do i stop them? it starting to hurt!
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Are you feeding them out of your hand?
     
  3. Iheartchicks<3:)

    Iheartchicks<3:) Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2010
    Mount Vernon, WA
    nope.
    and it when i try to pet themmm but its mostly my barred rock
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I never permit a chicken to come up and peck my boots or coat without doing this afterwards:

    I reach out with my hand, and if they don't get away first, I grab the chicken. I then proceed to hold it for a minute or so.

    That's it! I have let it know that I am the boss. Now, if anyone pecks my boots, all I have to do is reach my hand out. I'm the top of the pecking order. They are testing you.

    You will see chickens pecking each other. The one who runs away or doesn't fight back is lowest.

    If they persist (which they did before I started this technique), you could get really "ugly" and hold the chicken down on the ground with your hand for a minute. They found this extremely humiliating.
     
  5. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since they are so small, i think it would be effective to "peck" them back, with your finger, right on the top of the head.
     
  6. Iheartchicks<3:)

    Iheartchicks<3:) Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2010
    Mount Vernon, WA
    okay thanks!
     
  7. nicoletm24

    nicoletm24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i do the same! peck back. .... they are young enough to learn who's boss
     
  8. Iheartchicks<3:)

    Iheartchicks<3:) Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2010
    Mount Vernon, WA
    i get scared! it hurts!
     
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair &amp; Feathers

    I "peck" back with the thunk on the head with one finger.
     
  10. nifty50chick

    nifty50chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lmao gryeyes, "thunk" love it!! [​IMG]
    I had a 7 day old Barred Rock jump up yestereday and grab my ring when i was reaching in to clean the waterer. Little bugger wouldn't let go! DH had a good laugh.
     

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