Why do my new isa brown hens aggressive before bedtime?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by caseeve, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. caseeve

    caseeve New Egg

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    I purchased 2 isa brown hens 2 weeks ago. They are currently 18weeks old as advised by the pet store keeper. I let them out free ranging an hour before sunset. They are friendly, timid, curious while I'm walking around the garden, inspect each corner and run away if I try to pat them. Last week they would walk themselves to bed when the sun sets. But the past few days one has started to get aggressive 10 minutes before bedtime, run towards humans standing around, threaten to jump and has jumped and fly kicked by father's back. We have stood our ground and held it down for a minute to calm it down. This is starting to become a regular daily bedtime crazy snap this week.
    Why is this happening and how do I stop this bedtime behavior?
     
  2. Redangler

    Redangler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you sure its a hen?
     
  3. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

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    I have never heard of such behavior from a hen, but it does sound like rooster behavior.
     
  4. Redangler

    Redangler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Post a pic of her. I also have 4 ISA Browns and I have not had any behavior like thay.
     
  5. caseeve

    caseeve New Egg

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    Here they are while in their coop. The one acting up is the one sitting down.
    Strangely they are normally quite shy and runs away if we get close. It's just the 10minutes after sunset when she gets nasty.

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  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Your birds look quite different than the ISA Browns we have here in the US. Where did you get your birds?
     
  7. Redangler

    Redangler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you can get a closer shot of each one that might help a little more, but I agree they do look alot different than my ISA Browns.
     
  8. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    I have heard of pullets who become mean around the time they begin to start laying eggs with the hormonal surge who mellow again after a few weeks. But it was more like pecking the hands and such. Continue to stand your ground and if you can, hold it in your arms until it calms down.
     
  9. caseeve

    caseeve New Egg

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    I spoke to my work buddy who owns 36 chooks about this and he said that its probably cause its dark and they think I'm a predator because they can't recognise me.

    I have read about bad night vision for chooks.
    I think it's true because the past 2 days we sat at least 6 metres away from them after sunset. They are still more edgy than when the sun was up, but now put themselves to bed without the angst and fly kicks.

    Thanks for all your help. You guys make this such a great forum.
     
  10. Landon Lane Egg

    Landon Lane Egg New Egg

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    i hope this isn't true we just bought 100[​IMG]
     

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