Pecking you

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by GSDBESTK9, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. GSDBESTK9

    GSDBESTK9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had a couple of my baby chicks peck me when I went to pick them up, right now they are a week old and doesn't hurt, but I wonder if, as they get older and stronger, will it hurt?? Do they peck you a lot? Specially when you try to pick them up??
     
  2. leadwolf1

    leadwolf1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens peck..and, yes it hurts. They peck as a way to explore and a way of defense. Most stop pecking as they get older..unless, you are carrying something yummy or you have on red nail polish or if you have a 'tasty' mole :)

    If you startle them, they will peck. Roosters peck more than hens in my experience. Chicks peck to explore and see if you are bringing them treats :)
     
  3. GrandmaChickie

    GrandmaChickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think LeadWolf1 about covered it, but thought I would add my 2 cents. [​IMG] My hens got a little peckish for a while, especially my toes, when I was sitting out with them, keeping watch. After catching me off guard a couple of times and making me shriek and flinch convulsively, they left my feet alone--scared the poor boogers! They're just curious and will still take a poke at a patterned shirt or something like that, just to make sure it's not something good to eat.
     
  4. 3LilBirds

    3LilBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    5 of mine are 7 weeks old now and only one of them pecks. Well actually she sneaks up on me and bites me. lol The others only peck if they see a fleck of something on me or glittery nail polish, which I don't wear nail polish anymore because I have very thin sensitive nails/finger tips. The more you handle them the more they get used to you.
     
  5. GrandmaChickie

    GrandmaChickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very good advice, 3LilBirds! [​IMG]
     
  6. 3LilBirds

    3LilBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks. :) I probably should have stated that the one that pecks me she was already a month old when I got her. She might even be a little older then that. She is slowly getting used to us though. :)
     
  7. LilMissChz

    LilMissChz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine pecked me constantly for a day or two. But I took this as a sign of exploration and discovery. They were getting to know me and since they don't have hands, have to use their beaks to do so. I got my freckles, hair, nose, ears, glasses and even my teeth pecked!! The love my false nails and anytime I wear jewelry I'm bound to get pecked. But now that the initial phase of the peck-a-thon is over, they don't do it so much anymore.

    Now since they know what everything is on me, they aren't as interested. I actually found it kind of endearing the way they were so curious about me and not afraid to check me out so thoroughly.
     

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