Why did my hen nip my leg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Cheep, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. Cheep

    Cheep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was out this morning with bare legs, feeding & watering my small flock of 6 hens. Daisy, the larger white leghorn, made a few feints at my leg as if wondering if it would taste good, then took a nip. Luckily she didn't break skin, but it was unpleasant for me. Does she think I'm lower in the pecking order than her, or what?? I got mad at her & stomped toward her, just out of reflex. What should I do? Put on trousers in the morning?
     
  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Mine do this to ask me to pet them. They tug on my clothes, nip at me, whatever they can, including jump on me when I'm crouched or bending.

    "Pet me, pet me, PUH-LEEEEEEEEEEEEEZ!!!!?"
     
  3. Cheep

    Cheep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had my hens about 10 weeks, & so far they're not big on me petting them. Some are more friendly than others, but they mainly see me as food source. Of course, maybe that's a bit mutual [​IMG]
     
  4. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Then it's probably trying to figure out which is the right spot to peck to make the pinata toss grapes!!
     
  5. serendipityfarm

    serendipityfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a couple that continuously grab fingers, pants, shoelaces, etc. I don't think they mean harm, they are just looking for snacks. I just swat them away, and if stomping AT them (as opposed to ON them) works and they get the picture, do what works!
     
  6. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Your voracious gal was going after that pesky freckle!
     
  7. CindyG

    CindyG Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have to be careful of the tattoo on my ankle, they keep thinking it must be something to eat.
     
  8. Cheep

    Cheep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replies; I think I was taking it too personally [​IMG]
     
  9. LivinNewDreamInND

    LivinNewDreamInND Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine peck at any little freckle, scratch or mosquito bite I have on me. God forbid I go into their pen with toe nail polish and my polka dot flip flops, they all take turns distracting me and then the others peck my feet. [​IMG] Little brats! [​IMG]
     
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Do you have freckles, or is she hungry for protein? Don't fall down or it may be all over. Just like the famous "Death Scene in the Broiler Coop."[​IMG]
     

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