Roosting on people...disrespect?

notsooldmcdonald

Songster
11 Years
Oct 14, 2008
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2
121
Lempster, NH
Hi All-

I've always considered my Red Sex Link ladies to be pretty friendly (I'm new to them, and they're new to me, only 17 weeks and my first chickens), but I have a couple of them who keep trying to roost on me without us having that conversation first. For example, I will be hanging around the pen, watching everybody, when *whoosh* I have a chicken try to awkwardly roost on me by fluttering/climbing her way up me! I sometimes catch one or two eyeing me like they want to _try_ that move, but so far have moved my position when I notice that look. Also, I often feed the ladies as they perch on the roost in their pen area. It is without fail that I end up with one or two on my forearm, which doesn't startle me as much, but often happens tres rapido!

Now, I have horses, and am well versed in how they view space, and understand that invading space is a sign of aggression/dominance/disrespect. Obviously, chickens aren't horses, but I am interested to know if I need to deal with this from the standpoint of asserting myself, or welcoming a friendly gesture.

Thoughts?

Thanks!
-Christian
 

CityGirlintheCountry

Green Eggs and Hamlet
12 Years
Jul 7, 2007
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I've always taken it as a friendly gesture. When mine were younger they would come sit on my shoulders and lap and "chat" with me. They don't do it so much now that they're grown and I miss it!
You do have to watch out for unfortunate "accidents". Wear an old shirt!
 

Chickenaddict

Songster
11 Years
May 19, 2008
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East Bethel MN
Ahhh yes the human roost. I would love it if mine still perched on me but now that they are grown up they dont do it so much anymore. They love you and are showing you how much. Look out for the poo tho lol


Edited to add Welcome to BYC
 
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Barnyard

Addicted to Quack
12 Years
Aug 5, 2007
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Southwest Georgia
It brightens my day to go down to the coop and have them fly up and perch on my arm/shoulder/foodbucket......... Let's me know that I am loved, or that they love what I have to give them.....
 
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notsooldmcdonald

Songster
11 Years
Oct 14, 2008
155
2
121
Lempster, NH
Wow! What a relief (I tend toward micromanagement, and sometimes..ie NOW...need to reign myself in). We do pick them up and pat them a lot, we've tried to do that consistently from the start (again, micromanagement). It's just startling when I wasn't paying attention!

-Christian
 

Jenski

Songster
11 Years
Jun 17, 2008
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Middle Tennessee
Seems to me the sort of thing chicks or other babies do ~ climb all over mama for security/comfort. My EE hen used to climb all over me and peep like a chick when she was younger; I am relieved she is now too big to flop herself onto my head.

Is there ever any respect of "personal space" from the kiddies?
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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My hens jump up on my arms to visit whenever I'm sitting outside. My roosters keep a respectable distance, but that's a GOOD thing.
 

notsooldmcdonald

Songster
11 Years
Oct 14, 2008
155
2
121
Lempster, NH
An update:

So, after having my frame of reference redefined, I enter my pen ready to accept my chicken's "love". Yesterday, nothing, today...I lean down to push in the bottom of the door, as it's sticky, and *whoosh* up on my shoulder goes a pullet. I peer to my right side, and she bends over to look at me, upside down of course, and purrs.

It was pretty cool. She must think I'm fairly stupid, because I then called for my husband...he, thinking I was yelling at the dog for barking (which he wasn't), ignored me. I scooted over to the outside roost and she hopped off.

Chickens are wonderous!

-Christian
 

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