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One of my three 8 month old RIRs is getting continually more difficult. She immediately starts pecking at me when i enter the coop. I usually use a hoe to make her stand still, then I pick her up. She is fine with being picked up. But I cant do anything in the coop for fear of her attacking me. The minute i put her down she is after me, pecking at me enough to draw blood. I want to have neighborhood kids collect the eggs while we are on vacation but I dont trust her. I am not sure what to do- any advice?
 

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Is it possible "she" is a rooster? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I have never had any of my hens do that....just roosters when they get to be about...oh, 8 months old or so. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I wish I knew what to tell you. Maybe cage her up while you are gone so everyone is safe.
 

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sounds like my Rooster named "Turkey" ... that thing attacks me.... i now see why people kill their chickens ... this thing is soooooooo mean ... all the rest of my roosters are fine but this (&@#*$& *) & is a PITA. I just cleaned out the coop and he tried attacking me about 20 times ...
 

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This is definitely a hen. She is laying, I know this for a fact! She is not mean to the other chickens, just to me. I think she is guarding her territory.
 

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I have heard for hens acting as the rooster if there is not one around. Could that be what your hen is doing? I think that by picking her up you are showing her that- hey- I'm the dominate female here! which is good. You are braver than I am- when our rooster started attacking me, I got a stick!<br><br>
When you go away, I would separate her so that your helper doesn't get attacked!
 

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I think it's because she is in a cage and is protecting her territory. I don't mean to discourage you, but I don't believe there's much you can do to "cure" her of her attitude. You could try letting her run free if that's a possibility. Perhaps opening up her world would help... Then again, she just might have a larger home base to protect.<br><br>
I also have been attacked by birds as well as territorial cats. (I have the scars to prove it!) Still, I can't bear to do away with the beasts. I just keep thinking that I'm going to tame them with kindness. Who's to say it won't work eventually? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I take a broom or my foot to the terribly mean roosters we have. They never bother me again. one rooster it took two kicks for him to leave me alone.<br><br>
My oldest took a stick to him when she was suddenly attacted by him, he now leaves her alone.<br><br>
The rooster that is/was a meany is free range.<br><br>
Once they know who is boss they will leave you alone.
 

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I have a silver laced wyandotte hen who was nicknamed something unprintable due to her aggressiveness. I do have a roo, so she never attacked whilst I was in the pen. But if you tried to pick the roo off the perch at nights when he was next to her, she'd peck. She went broody & it was a total mission collecting the eggs from under her. So I borrowed some fertile eggs from a friend of mine & let her raise a batch of baby chicks. She was an awesome Mum & has calmed down heaps since then. No more pecking or nastiness.<br><br>
As to your hen, have you got a friend with chooks who could mind her while you are away ? Otherwise, if she were my hen, I'd probably put her in a separate cage while I was away. Save her attacking the neighbour's kids or them bashing her with a stick.
 

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We ahd a roo we bashed multiple times with a hockey stick. It never seemed to bother him. We lived in fear, he ruled the entire yard.<br><br>
Now, whenever I notice i'm close to my roo, I ger down low, croucn and talk softly. It seems to chill him out that I get down like that. I also opentheir door every morning and reach over so I can pat most of them as they run by. They stopped being so physical once I started touching them more.
 
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