Why do my chickens keep flying onto my back.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenalice, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. chickenalice

    chickenalice Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 12, 2010
    One day I was bending over and putting food in their bowl and on of them flew up and stood on top of me. Today, the same thing happened again with a different hen and this time I wasn't even bending over, just standing straight up. Is there any reason they are doing this?
  2. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2010
    Matthews, NC.
    Chickens are very sociable birds, we have a plank of wood across 2 upturn buckets, if we sit on it they will come up, sit on our laps or perch on shoulders. Most chickens do like to roost or sit high.... upturn a bucket, sit down and see!!
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I think it can be a friendly behavior.

    But with my Golden Sex Links (that I sold recently), they tried that exactly twice. The first time, I thought oh how cute. The second time I realized that they were trying to one-up me in the pecking order.

    So make sure it is friendly. Also, more than one person on BYC has mentioned someone's eye getting pecked while they had a chicken on the shoulder.

    I don't want chickens near my eyes.
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  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Don't forget the numerous women who have lost earrings by letting the chickens ride on them! [​IMG]

    I don't let them anywhere near my head anymore, I just gently shake them off or grab them if I can and put them back down. I am the dominant in the flock.
  5. spotsplus

    spotsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2008
    Franklin, MA
    Mine will do that a lot- especially my cochin hen, Sticky, and my dutch hen, Dutchie. I don't let them on my shoulders though as I don't want them pecking at my face [​IMG]

  6. Morgan7782

    Morgan7782 Dense Egg Goo

    Mar 22, 2010
    Sacramento CA

    LOL My Easter Egger is the QUEEN of flying onto my shoulders, she loves sitting up there watching the world lol. I just have to make sure I am not near the backyard fence when she does because I always worry she will use ME to get over the fence. But as long as I am not near the fence I will let her sit on me [​IMG]

    watch out for poops below! lol
  7. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    EE's are notorious for hopping onto shoulders, backs, arms, any place on you that provides height. I forgot heads. They like to perch on heads. Yeah - watch those ear-rings!
  8. Ruth Ann

    Ruth Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2010
    South Carolina
    I had two BO that did that...my favorite roo...jeannieroo use to do it all the time.
    She loved me best...LOL I loved her(him really but I thought she was a hen when I named him)
    I loved him best but he had to go as we wanted no roos.
    My other BO WendyLady will still jump on my shoulder if I am sitting in the run with them.
  9. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    My Polish hen does that all the time! She is the sweetest girl!
  10. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Why do my chickens keep flying onto my back............Because there's no room in your nose. Bird of Paradise has it occupied. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Oh, never mind. [​IMG]

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