Skittish hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by EggCentric, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. EggCentric

    EggCentric Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a blue jersey giant hen that is skittish, well, actually, she acts like I chase her on a daily basis with a hatchet. The other 5 are sweet and come up to me and allow me to touch them, but not this one! Is there anything I can do to convince her I'm not out to kill her?

    Before anyone suggests it, I won't cull her. All the chickens here will die of old age here.
     
  2. Picco

    Picco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Move a chair into the coop and spend a lot of time with them and give them a lot of treats.
     
  3. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    I agree with Pico. You will need to be extremely patient and get the bird
    to fell cofy with you. Your talking hours of sitting still baiting her with a treat.

    If her skittishness is causing your flock to go nuts I suggest you give her away.

    I know you don't want to hear it but we cull any skittish chicken because they
    tend to make our entire flock skittish and we do not want that.
     
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  4. EggCentric

    EggCentric Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I'll try that. No, she doesn't make the other's act nuts, The rest of them come running when they see me and peck my shoes looking for treats.
     

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