What kind of damage can roos and hens do?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LivingFate, May 19, 2008.

  1. LivingFate

    LivingFate In the Brooder

    May 18, 2008
    When chickens attack you what do most do? What parts can they use as weapons besides beaks and feet and how much damage can one really do to a person? And how do you prevent this kind of behavior from happening or at least down size it so it does not happen lots.

    (Just trying to find out everything I can before I get to that point. )
  2. flip9109

    flip9109 Songster

    Jan 14, 2008
    st paul mn
    i have all bantams. they can't hurt me even when they try
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    They can smack the snot out of you with their wings that will leave your ears ringing...And roosters and sometimes hens, can have spurs that can leave a nice hole in you.
    Mostly it's the biting/pecking that the hens will do.
  4. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    Angry chickens will drill you with their beaks and scratch you with their talons. A rooster may attempt to stab at you with his spurs. You can get anything from a pinch that doesn't leave a mark to a bleeding scratch, depending on the type of attack and how protected you were.

    These are natural dominance behaviors. Aggressiveness can be a good thing, especially in a rooster that supervises his flock while they free range. He is likely to challenge something he perceives as a threat.

    It is your job to assume the role of "top rooster" in your flock. When your rooster shows signs of aggression, don't run away like a lesser bird would. Lunge for him and grab him (you may need to wear long sleeves and gloves for this). Hold him upside down until he stops freaking out. Carry him around. Pet him. Talk to him. Feed him treats out of your pocket. Never let him get away with attempting to attack you without doing something in retaliation (you don't need to hurt him or "punish" him, but grab him so that you assert your control over him).

    Hens are less likely to attack you unless they are sitting on a nest. You are likely to get drilled with a sharp beak if you try to reach under a protective hen. Wait to gather the eggs until the hen is done sitting on her nest, or shoo her gently off the nest (scooting her gently with a hand whisk broom works well) if she is trying to go broody.

    Certain chicken breeds are more likely to show aggressive behavior than others: http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html
    course, there are always exceptions.

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