Pecking people

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Tracyree, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. Tracyree

    Tracyree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So my pullets peck at us constantly. I had silkies years and years ago and they didn't do this. Anytime we are in the coop, we are being "taste tested". Constantly. Our pullets are about 3 months old now, will they always do this?

    I read about all of you that sit out with your chickens all the time, but wonder if our chickens are just bigger peckers than most (ok, that doesn't sound good...)

    Anyway, how do you all keep your freckles intact???
     
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2011
  2. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
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    peck 'em back! kinda like a poke upside the head....

    seriously...
     
  3. suki'smom

    suki'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep peck them back [​IMG] You could also grab them and pin them to the ground until they stop struggling, wait a bit then let them up. That's the advice I got with my young roos. Works like a charm [​IMG]
     
  4. Tracyree

    Tracyree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seriously? Ok, so are my girls just odd? Do your hens do this?

    They aren't being aggressive, just curious.
     
  5. emptynester

    emptynester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Chickens are curious by nature and it is quite normal for them to peck at your freckles, they will investigate all spots. Try wearing pants or boots and that should help a bit. My chickens are quite docile, but should a fly or mosquito land on me they are quick to get it!
     
  6. spotstealer

    spotstealer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are funny. They don't peck me at all (unless there is a button on my shorts that gets their attention). They peck at my wife all the time. The other day she was cutting through the yard, and I heard her (Ooh! Hey! Aah! Hey!!!!) it was funny because the cadence of her voice almost sounded like the hens clucking/chattering as they were following her around the yard pecking away at her frrt, legs, and anything else within their reach! Luckily she didn't catch me laughing!
     
  7. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine don't peck at me anymore. I can even wear flip flops in the coop. I spend quite a bit of time with my girls. They are 16-24 weeks in age. They use to peck me, but they stopped a while ago. They love to jump in my lap and sleep. Also, they are quite submissive once they start laying. I have 3 that squat whenever I reach to pet them. This morning my EE squatted just by looking at her in the eye.[​IMG] They must think I'm the rooster.
     
  8. suki'smom

    suki'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seriously? Ok, so are my girls just odd? Do your hens do this?

    They aren't being aggressive, just curious

    Yep seriously. No they are not odd. My girls peck all my freckles and what not. You have to show them you are the dominant hen. The dominant hen in the flock wouldn't let them get away with it and the would be pecked back.​
     
  9. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine always catch me unaware and peck my painted toenails......
     
  10. michelleshenhouse

    michelleshenhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yep. mine love painted toenails!!! ugh [​IMG]
     

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