She is pecking my leg...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by StaceyM, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. StaceyM

    StaceyM Chirping

    May 7, 2011
    One of our hens , Polly, has started this new behavior. Lately when I come in the yard she runs up to me and pecks at my leg. My husband thinks maybe I have spoiled them with too many treats, and when she sees me she is expecting some scrap delicacy from our dinner salad makings. I can't tell if she is being affectionate or aggressive. Either way it is startling and I would like her to cut it out. Any thoughts on getting her to stop?

  2. jadeflower999

    jadeflower999 Songster

    May 20, 2008
    Vancouver, Washington
    I laughed out loud when I saw this because my RIR does the same thing every day! She has been doing it for about a year now and I don't have any idea how to get her to stop. She does it more when I have black pants on as opposed to jeans. I'm wondering if its a treat seeking behavior too...
  3. Ok, so push her away. You big, she small.
  4. wyododge

    wyododge Chirping

    Sep 30, 2011
    She is being aggressive and attempting to dominate you. Chickens are either aggressive or submissive, neither is an emotion, affection is.
  5. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    I have a red star that does this. I push her away with my boot. I don't like being pecked.
  6. Nikki82

    Nikki82 In the Brooder

    Oct 1, 2011
    When mine peck me, I peck(poke them with a finger) them back.[​IMG]
    They don't do it so much any more.... They are far more likely to just squat with they see me now.
  7. tinychicky

    tinychicky Songster

    Mar 24, 2010
    Hollis, New Hampshire
    if it's a gentle peck she is probably just reminding you that she's there, she loves you, and she wants food [​IMG] if it's hard she is being aggressive and trying to get you to drop any food you migh have. either way treats are usually what chickens are after [​IMG]

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