Strange pecking behavior

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Syrjohn, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. Syrjohn

    Syrjohn New Egg

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    We have four hens about 18-19 months old. For the past year one of them wants to be boss and will peck my hand strongly if I try to touch her. But for the past two weeks something strange has happened, if I reach down and she pecks me one of the other chickens reaches over and pecks her. It has happened 5 or 6 times in a row and today was the worst. The protective hen literally jumped on her and started a huge fight. There has been no other pecking going on among them that I have observed.

    What in chicken feathers is going on? As far as I know I have not established any special relationship with the other hen.

    John
     
  2. woodsygal

    woodsygal Out Of The Brooder

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    I guess she's telling her to stop pecking the hand that feeds us!
     
  3. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like #2 want to be #1. Each time top dog shows aggression #2 probably steps in. They will work it out. I try not to interfere unless it gets bloody.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] The protective hen has a crush on you.
     
  5. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aww, chicken coop drama!
     

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