RIR has become aggressive.....

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nsmith83083, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. nsmith83083

    nsmith83083 Out Of The Brooder

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    My sweet RIR became aggressive about a week ago she just layed her first egg yesterday. Is this a normal behavior for a RIR to get this way before they lay?

    She runs after my feet, and pecks at them.
     
  2. LoveThemBirds

    LoveThemBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She could be broody.But rir are aggressive.And are somewhat stupid.
     
  3. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My experiences with RIR have been quite positive. None of mine are aggressive, nor are they stupid. In fact, I find them to be quite the little problem solvers!

    That being said....

    Right before laying some of mine do seem to have a bit of a hormonal shift. Some exhibit anxiousness - pacing, screeching, and becoming very flighty. Others have become more inquisitive, attempting to peck at my fingers or buttons on my clothing when they have never shown an interest before.

    I have often said to my hubby "That red bird is going to lay soon, she's acting nutty!" and sure enough, a day or two later, there is her first egg. Perhaps this is a breed characteristic [​IMG]

    All of this behaviour settled down a week or so after laying their first eggs though, so I'd give her the benefit of the doubt and let her have a little time to adjust to being a 'big girl.' It is a big change to their life and like all teenagers guess the move into adulthood can be a bit of an upheaval.

    - Krista
     
  4. nsmith83083

    nsmith83083 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks this helps ease my mind a little. We have always been hands on with our birds(I have an 11yr old boy and 9 year old girl, and raising these were actually their idea.) They have become some what afraid to get too close to her cause she runs at them. But I just pick her up and pet her neck anyway. Lol. Hopefully she will do the same thing yours did and settle back down.once she gets used to her new "lifestyle." :)
     
  5. krista74

    krista74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hopefully she settles for you eventually.

    If it's any consolation I find that they mellow even more after their first round of broodiness. I was always told to get RIR's because they rarely go broody. What a joke! I've spent the entire Summer moving 6 broody RIR's in and out of the boody buster cage, lol.

    - Krista
     
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