Why does she jump on my back

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bobelot, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. Okay I have this hen that sometimes jumps on my back when I crouch down then she sits there why does she do that ?!?!!!?
     
  2. chickenwalker

    chickenwalker Out Of The Brooder

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    She jumps on your back because she can. They like to hop up on things - bale of straw, their roosts, you.

    We have 9 hens that are 40 weeks old and have been laying since Sept/Oct. They like to be close to the action - especially if you are the food/treat person. We have one that likes to jump up on my husband's arm - but only when he has a container of treats. She KNOWS she will get first choice by being closest to the treats.
     
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  3. Oh okay but it's weird only one does it
    And she is the one that's usually does not like being touched
     
  4. JanetS

    JanetS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a hen that always jumps up on my teenage daughters back. She just likes to be high up I guess.
     
  5. Kristin Brown

    Kristin Brown Out Of The Brooder

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    Your hen jumps on your back for attention most likely. I also have just one hen of the flock that wants attention - she will peck toes until she is picked up. Other moments she will just invite herself into a lap to be held. Another hen in the flock likes to sit close but not touching me. It is normal behavior! If you do not like the chickens jumping at you, it is easy to break them of it by scaring them off when they make this move.
     
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  6. I love it when she does that but I don't let her if she has muddy/poopy feet
    And the other two peck me like crazy and sometimes it hurts really bad
     
  7. chickenwalker

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    It makes sense that your hen that doesn't like to be touched hops on your back - you can't catch her very easily in that position. She likes you but maybe isn't ready to be held. Not all of our hens like to be held but they sure like to be close when there is the possibility of food or treats.
     
  8. Oh that makes alot of sense thank you chickens walker that was a great answer

    And do you actually walk chickens ?
     
  9. chickenwalker

    chickenwalker Out Of The Brooder

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    If I could, I would. My last name is Walker and I love my girls. Good luck and have fun with your little flock!
     
  10. Thanks
    I got a chicken harness for Christmas and I tried to put it on them but they hate it
     

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