pecking my scabs! !!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by desertchicken92, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. desertchicken92

    desertchicken92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pullets are very friendly but I had a very weird and kinda gross experience today. One of my chickens pecked a scab off my leg and when they seen blood they all came running to get a piece of my leg. What the heck?!?!? How do I get them to not do that???? Gross and ouch.....
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Freckles, scabs, nail polish, wrinkles, lips, eyes, toes. Basically, any body part that can be reached is fair game for the taste test. And if they see blood... it's game over for the poor victim. NEVER fall down in your chicken yard. And, if you do, be sure to fall face first, b/c they'll eat your face first if they can find it. The only way to not get attacked is to keep those body parts covered or out of reach.
     
  3. bobshere

    bobshere Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes they all go for that dont worry...lol
    Cover your scabs. Thats the only way to stop it.
     
  4. desertchicken92

    desertchicken92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was about to think I had some little carnivorous monsters.... lol
     
  5. bobshere

    bobshere Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know sometime back someone had invented glasses for chickens so they can't see the color red. Not sure what happened with that. I know it did work but try and keep glasses on a chicken
    Lol
     
  6. desertchicken92

    desertchicken92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haha, sometimes they peck when there's no scabs either. A curiosity peck I guess, wish there was a way to discourage the behavior without making them scared of me.
     
  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    You DO!!! And, don't worry about making them scared of you. Better to train them to leave your skin intact, so they won't try tasting poor Aunt Gertie (who is just covered with tasty wrinkles and age spots) when you take her out to introduce her to your flock. One of my gals had a habit of grabbing the back of my knee for attention when ever I tended them last summer. I very quickly learned to not let her get behind me. This year, she seems to have forgotten that annoying little behavior.
     

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