Silkie hen behaviour change

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by haych16, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. haych16

    haych16 New Egg

    Nov 19, 2015
    Hi there. I have 3 silkies, an isa brown and 3 little barred Plymouth rocks. My silkie mama Elliot has raised the three barred rocks from eggs and they are now 6 weeks old. They are all integrated together and have been for over a week. Elliot was fine with us holding the babies and no issues with us getting in their little 'nursery'. However since we have integrated them back into the rest of the flock Elliot has become aggressive towards me. As soon as I step out in the back yard she charges towards me. She's always been such a sweet hen but she's turned on me! I'm not anywhere near her babies and it doesn't seem to affect her if she doesn't notice I'm out there. How can I change her behaviour? She doesn't do it with my husband and as soon as she does it and our isa brown notices she gets told off big time from her.
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    All i know is that mother hens can be absolute tyrants - mine is towards other flock members, but i have to say that she seems very trusting of me and i have never had a problem - not really sure whats got into your little one. In theory, her protective behaviour towards the chicks will change in a week or two so maybe just hang in there and wait until she stops being a mum.

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