Why am I getting pecked?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by fradytrc, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. fradytrc

    fradytrc In the Brooder

    Jul 18, 2011
    Central NC
    My flock is 4 1/2 months old. I normally feed them every evening. The last week one of my hens started pecking my feet. Now more hens and a rooster have started. What can I do to make them stop besides popping them in the head. Also do you think it might be my red toenails they are after or do you think they may just be hungry?
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Well - red/bright toenails is a no-no, but mine will pick at blue jeans, freckles/moles on bare legs, certain shoes - they like to investigate certain materials and things more than others. Avoid looking like a patch of strawberries though for sure [​IMG]
  3. sheaviance1

    sheaviance1 Songster

    Apr 7, 2010

    I wear shoes to the coop just because of this! Ugh. The most important advice i ever give anyone with chickens is this: Never, I repeat, never fall down in the coop or run.

    My girls have deemed themselves my personal groomer. They peck at every speck of dirt, freckle or mole on every inch of my being. I think it is partially a curiosity thing and since they don't have hands, they use the only tool they have. That, and freckles, moles and dirt all could be a raisin in disguise.

    I can hear your ladies now, hey look, cherry toe-ma-toes!!!
  4. mikensara

    mikensara Chirping

    Jun 16, 2011
    New York
  5. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    I wear closed toed shoes around my chickens. I don't like my toes pecked.
  6. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Songster

    May 12, 2010
    Central MA
    My lowest peck order hen used to peck me when I was outside with her.
    I thought she doesn't have anyone to peck so she was trying to be higher peck order than me???
    BUT I'm her owner!!!
    So I picked her up and said "NO"!!!!
    She pecked me a few times after that, too. But each time I did same thing to her and now she won't peck me.

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