Sweet turned mean hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by City Chicken Lady, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. City Chicken Lady

    City Chicken Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

    168
    0
    81
    Jul 11, 2011
    Mongomery AL
    I have four hens that have been together for a year. They are a year old this month. They are mixed Rhode Island Red and supposedly Ameraucana. My favorite one has started pecking me. I don't know what happened to change her personality. Is there a cure?

    By the way, she is not the boss of the four. One of the other hens is. They have all been laying about six months now.
     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2012
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    34,028
    458
    448
    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    When this has happened to me, I peck back. Not hard, of course. I use a very flimsy "stick," really a weed branch that gives easily, and peck when she gets close enough to reach with the stick. I've stopped a couple of them from doing this. I'm not sure what their intention is, but I wouldn't call it meanness.
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    17,957
    2,632
    466
    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    I do nothing. No real harm comes from hen's pecking and I make certain no benefits. Some of mine go through people pecking stage as young adults. With birds that must suffer frequent and close proximity to me, I sit down with book or something to occupy me so aggressor can come over and peck away. The offender usually tires quickly. Some of the pecking is out of curiousity, sometimes bird has come to associate pecking with response from you that yeilds food, rarely does involve bird trying to be dominant unless rooster involved. Even with rooster I use same method. Only exception in where flogging and spurrs involved spurrs can be trimmed.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by