In the Brooder
- Nov 18, 2018
can't touch hen.eats out of hand
Welcome!can't touch hen.eats out of hand
They may willing eat out of your hand, but some hens just don't like to be touched
Just let her get used to you, talk to her and offer her a treat. Don't attempt to touch or grab at her. Over time, once she is comfortable with you, you may be able to reach out and touch her wing or breast with the back of your hand. Sometimes, not that's just the way it is.
Welcome to BYC. You’ll love it here.
I was wondering if your hen had previously let you pet her and now she won’t. If that is the case, she is probably molting. My biggest baby, Biscuit, a BO loooooves to be held and cuddled, but when she’s molting she will run from me. When a chicken molts and their pin feathers (feather shafts filled with blood) emerge, the bird is very uncomfortable. I even believe the growing back process can be very painful for some birds that molt hard.
If she is one that has never been fond of petting my advice is to just keep on keepin on. Don’t be pushy, just be available. Let her come to you. She may never, but as they say, “You can’t change a leopard’s spots.” Some birds just don’t have it in them.