Will chickens hassle a tortoise?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Ukyou, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. Ukyou

    Ukyou Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 3, 2010
    I have a friend who wants to start raising chickens, but, she is worried that they might peck at the eyes of her slow moving tortoise.
    Has anyone had any experience with both chickens and tortoises in the same yard?
  2. ScotianChick

    ScotianChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2010
    I've had chickens who pecked buttons on my shoes for like an hour straight... a tortoise might get the same treatment as my shiny buttons...
  3. DianeS

    DianeS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2010
    Mine peck everything that doesn't peck them first!

    I would not allow them to be in the same area as the tortoise.
  4. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    Mine roam with gopher tortoises all the time. They were curious about them to start with but now they ignore the tortoises most of the time. I think they think the tortoises are moving rocks [​IMG] . One time I did have a hen try to peck one and when it went in it's shell, she left. Sometimes the gophers investigate when the chickens are taking a dust bath.
    They should do fine together as long as each of them can get away from the other.
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2011
  5. twadiane

    twadiane New Egg

    Feb 4, 2011
    I have had a tortoise in my chicken area for a few years. Once the hens got used to this strange moving hump, they cohabit very nicely. No one pays any attention to each other. They just go about their own business. However, if you have a lot of chickens you may have to separate the tortoise to feed it because the ladies will eat it all before the tortoise gets its dinner.
  6. ChickenEllis

    ChickenEllis Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 21, 2009
    i was just going to ask this very question. i am inheriting a California Desert Tortoise in a month and i was wondering how it would interact with my small chicken flock. it sounds like it won't be a problem. we have a wild rabbit that frequents our backyard and the chickens completely ignore it.
  7. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Quote:I have gopher tortoises as well and my birds seem to ignore them. If they were tightly confined they might not, but my tortoises are wild and free and only come into contact with my birds when I let the chickens free range.

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