Why did my hen attack me? Why is my hen making crazy noises?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by plymouthrox, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. plymouthrox

    plymouthrox Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2015
    I just went outside and let my two 6 month old hens out this morning(they are both laying). When I came out to check on them they came running up to me as usual but then my leghorn bit my arm! I pushed her to show her I was in charge then she came back full throttle and flew up at my face! I flung my arms around to keep her from my face and hit her to the ground :( she got right up and stared at me with her chest out big. I ran inside then right away she flew up to the grill and started making crazy loud noises! It almost sounds like three unhappy clucks then a crow?! It's so loud I had no idea she could make this noise!

    I have no idea what brought this up? Out of my two hens she is always the nicest. Why did she do this and what can I do to stop it?
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Sounds like she is trying to dominate you, this usually happens when hens are handled a lot or fed out of hand, she's in that moody faze and she wants to be boss and she considers you a part of the flock, you have to ignore her and probably use something to block her from coming right up to you, I suggest a broom or a plastic rake, you may even have to chase her away, she's acting the same way a rooster would, I might even corner her and pin her down for a bit. Stop feeding from your hands and don't pet her, I would still pick her up if you do, I just would make it more restraining and unpleasant, Hopefully a few times of standing up to her will straighten her out.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    When there is no rooster around a hen may take on the role of 'protecting' the flock.

    I would grab her and hold her down on her belly with your hand on her back,
    grab her neck feathers with your other hand and give a little pull and shake.
    That is how the rooster would 'force' her to submit to his superiority.

    Had a pullet in the growout coop start that business with me this summer,
    I held her down as described above, she submitted and never came at me again.

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