What makes a chicken start biting people?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by susanah, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. susanah

    susanah Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Our little bantam cochin who is almost 2 started biting a while ago. It was normally when she was picked up, which wasn't often, so I just assumed she didn't like to be held and that was her defense. Now she has started biting my daughter's feet when she comes into their run. And today my daughter was sitting on the patio holding our rooster while the chickens free ranged and the little bugger came up and bit her on the foot while she was sitting there? Looking for a new home for her since she scares my daughter, but does anyone know why she would do this? She is right in the middle of the pecking order. Our tiny bantams fly up to a high roost at night, but she used to sleep on a roost with a rooster and a large hen and another cochin, but they kicked her off there a few months ago and she now sleeps in a nesting box, so I guess they don't like her either.
  2. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    Don't take this wrong but:..... She likely thinks that you are lower in the pecking order than she is, or it could be that she is trying to recapture the place in the pecking order that she lost.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2013

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