- Aug 3, 2015
We have two Speckled Sussex and one of them (Meanie) is a serious attack hen. I wouldn't dare go in in shorts and she can take a hard nip through jeans. Her sister (Sweetie) never attacks. I feel your pain.
I have a Rhode Island Red that got her whits about her just before she started laying months back and would run at me when all the girls got let out into the yard in the morning. She got me pretty good on the leg as your girl did to you. I had to stand up and be the Alfa chic in the yard. It took a good week or too of letting her get close enough for me to “peck” her before she got the chance. I even had to have my teenage children get defensive back to her as well. She knows her place in the yard now. Good luck, you are the dominant one, and once you get her good enough a couple times, she’ll stop.She is lovely... or at least she looks it!!
I think you’re right to stand your ground. The only thing I can think if you’ve been spending a lot of time with them, then maybe she sees you as part of the flock and she’s trying to dominate you. I could be wrong though, and it would be more cockerel-like behaviour, but I can’t see any other reason.
If I was you, I would ‘peck’ back with my fingers when she does it, or pick her up and carry her around for a while.
I had an issue with a cockerel a while ago and someone recommended pinning them down on the ground for a while if he lashed out, or I suppose you could try that too, depending how she is, and how comfortable you feel.
Maybe the start is don’t show her your ankles that’s just a joke. But I hope you combat it with her.
ive had chickens attack me mainly roosters, have you had any predators hanging around your coup? chickens can get defensive if theyve had encounters with predators or even if they have been hanging around the coup, i had that problem a few years ago, some coon got in the coup and killed a few chickens, the two big roosters got exstremely defensive after that, one time i entered the coup with a large watering can (plastic) to fill there drinking container, and the rooster literally attacked me put its beak or claw right thru the watering can.I can’t believe I’m having to type this, one of my girls just came at me, twice. She had done the same thing a few days ago, but I chalked it up to her trying to grab the treat out of my hand. Today I was standing in the coop tossing scratch out in their run.
I don’t know if this matters, but I was actually wearing the same pants during both cases, the pants are capris so my ankles/lower legs are exposed.
The only changes have been the weather and I’m not spending my entire day outside with them. I have three 30 week old Speckled Sussex. The one that pecked me is the largest and before the shorter days she was the only one laying, but has stopped with the shorter days.
What do I do?! Help!! I know to stand my ground, tried that and got attacked again. Just keep at it?
photo of “injury”