What should i name/do with an aggressive chicken?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ddschicks, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. ddschicks

    ddschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have six hens that are about four months now. one of them, a Rhode island Red, now has aggressive traits. Shes always been spicy, but now i'm starting to wonder how she would taste spiced........ These chickens are my first, so killing one would feel like a failure. I still don't know what to name her because i felt like a sweet old lady name was wrong for her... any ideas for a name? Or should i even bother with it because ill end up with her on a plate anyway?
     
  2. CollegeChicken

    CollegeChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    in one breath youre talking about wondering what seasings to put on her, the next your wondering what to name her LOL.
    Are you sure they are not overcrowded?
    Do you make sure the feeder is always full? hungry chickens get more cranky and aggressive with eachother.
    Are you POSITIVE she is not a HE, and actually a rooster??
    If none of the above questions apply to you heres my advice:
    Separate her for a few days. ( 5 days is ideal ) This solitary confinement will help reduce her dominant ego ( in theory ) - then try returning her to the rest of the birds. If she goes right back to her aggressive bullying behavior Id say you should seriously consider using her as a meat bird. Keep in mind though some chickens are a little bit more sassy and unless she is pulling out other birds feathers, drawing blood, or keeping birds away from the food or water I would not worry that much.
     
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  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

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    I agree. I also think that RIR's, especially hatchery birds, are pushier than many others. She will taste great if things don't work out! Mary
     
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  4. Pinkaboo

    Pinkaboo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd call him/ her Tabasco going with the spicy theme!
     

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