Why is my Chicken biting me?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kcobbs, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. kcobbs

    kcobbs Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a flock of 5 hens that are 20 weeks old. My Dominique has been the sweetest until about 1 week ago. She wants you to hold her but as soon as you put her down she turns around and bites the heck out of my finger. I tap her beak and in a firm voice I tell her "no". Any advice from you guys on how to break her. The pot is not an option, she is also a pet!
     
  2. Mattsiewrt94

    Mattsiewrt94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol he must really like y'all I would keep trying to tap her beak that's what I did for my chicken but he's a year old Rhode Island Red rooster who attacked my leg when I got close to the coop I'd just pop him and now he doesn't attack me but he still will attack other people :/
     
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Perhaps when you put her down, you can catch her attention by tossing a treat out away from your hand. Also, you can put her down without her having close proximity to your hand. Drop her from several feet, or gently toss her forward. Chickens have wings... she'll use them, and have a safe landing. If all else fails, don't bother to pick her up. She reminds me of the cat who begs to be patted, then turns and bites the hand that pats it. If you read a cat's body language, he'll subtly let you know that he's being over stimulated well before he bites you... unless he has some behavior problems. I'm not a chicken, but I think she's telling you that she doesn't enjoy your cuddle sessions as much as you do.
     

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