Stopping aggressive behavior early

tiapet

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 30, 2013
35
2
36
Ocean View, Hawaii
So I'm completely new to chickens. I have 2 black ausrtolorps and 4 Wyandottes that are now 6 weeks old. One of the black ones has been attacking me every time I put my hand in with them. It is really starting to hurt and get extremely annoying. All the others are friendly and sweet. How do I change this behavior? Can you punish a chicken? My daughter would never forgive me if I ate her ;)
 

SobbaChickens

Songster
6 Years
Apr 24, 2013
642
53
128
Kansas
lol I'm not sure, squirt her with a water bottle? Flick her on the beak? My mom use to squirt my brother with water when he'd bug her lol I do it to my cats when they get in trouble

Katie
 

tiapet

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 30, 2013
35
2
36
Ocean View, Hawaii
Got some great advice by asking around. If you don't want to fight your chicken every time, just assert your dominance in a way they understand and don't take as a stand off. Roosters push hens to the ground to show dominance. I did this once after she grabbed me hard and held her there gently for a few seconds. Then I let her up and gave her some cuddles. She hasn't pecked at me since. She's just as sweet as the rest now and everyone seems to have mellowed a bit :) SOOOO happy!!!
 

Haunted55

Songster
7 Years
Feb 15, 2012
2,818
265
218
Central Maine
Got some great advice by asking around. If you don't want to fight your chicken every time, just assert your dominance in a way they understand and don't take as a stand off. Roosters push hens to the ground to show dominance. I did this once after she grabbed me hard and held her there gently for a few seconds. Then I let her up and gave her some cuddles. She hasn't pecked at me since. She's just as sweet as the rest now and everyone seems to have mellowed a bit
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SOOOO happy!!!
This will work most of the time and I recommend it. Sometimes you will run into a very stubborn roo or even a hen and will need to continue this treatment until they really do learn who is boss. A spray bottle of water will work as well but be very careful of not getting water into their ears. Not cool...it can cause trouble with infections.

There is a great thread on BYC, and I believe it may be under the stickys, that tell you all of the do's and don'ts. I wish I had read it when I first started...so many things I really didn't know.
 

SobbaChickens

Songster
6 Years
Apr 24, 2013
642
53
128
Kansas
Got some great advice by asking around. If you don't want to fight your chicken every time, just assert your dominance in a way they understand and don't take as a stand off. Roosters push hens to the ground to show dominance. I did this once after she grabbed me hard and held her there gently for a few seconds. Then I let her up and gave her some cuddles. She hasn't pecked at me since. She's just as sweet as the rest now and everyone seems to have mellowed a bit
smile.png
SOOOO happy!!!

I noticed one of mine was being a butt yesterday so I'm glad you updated us with what is working for you, I will give it a shot

Katie
 

dadschicks

In the Brooder
6 Years
Jun 29, 2013
32
0
22
Los Gatos, California
Thanks. I too have one nasty hen. My other three are sweet. I will try exerting some dominance over her and if doesn't work will try the water bottle trick. I hope this works cause I was thinking of getting rid of her.
 

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