All About Alektorophobia, the Fear of Chickens, and How to Overcome it with Psychological Therapy & Counselling


What is Alektorophobia?

Alektorophobia is the Fear of Chickens and, like all other fears and phobias, can be a cause of significant anxiety and stress if you suffer from it.

Some possible situations that can trigger your fear of Chickens are: being near to chickens, seeing chickens in the media or on TV, walking in the countryside and encountering chickens and so on.

There is no scientific evidence that Alektorophobia is the result of any kind of biological fault or chemical imbalance in spite of the traction that biomedical models of mental illness are given in the media.

On the contrary, Alektorophobia is much more likely to be the result of your own, subjective evaluation (meaning-making) of what happened to you and is therefore a psychosocial phenomenon.

Common symptoms of Alektorophobia

Alektorophobia Symptoms & Behaviours

All phobias, including Alektorophobia, create feelings of anxiety because phobic objects or situations are always perceived as a threat.

Consequently, the symptoms of Alektorophobia are both specific and generic and may include:

  • Fear or anxiety about being in the presence of chickens.
  • Panic attacks or anxiety attacks in situations where chickens are present or anticipated to be present.
  • Avoidance of situations that may involve chickens, such as being in the countryside.
  • Physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, sweating, trembling, and shortness of breath when faced with chickens.
  • Feeling of helplessness or being out of control in the presence of chickens.
  • Intrusive thoughts or nightmares related to chickens.
  • Depression, irritability, or other mood changes related to chickens.

You may have all, some or even different symptoms to these listed here and this is due to the subjective nature of Alektorophobia.

However, it is important to be aware that your symptoms WILL subside over time and rarely last for more that 20 to 30 minutes.

Scientist examining the possible causes of Alektorophobia

What Causes Alektorophobia?

It’s also possible that your Alektorophobia may be the result of traumatic events or adverse situations that you experienced in your earlier developmental years.

You may, for example, have visited a farm or zoo and had to walk through a brood of chickens.

However, because a Fear of Chickens is by no means universal, the most likely explanation for your Alektorophobia is your subjective evaluation of earlier experiences around which you have constructed a set of beliefs.


Is Your Phobia Making You Anxious Or Are You Creating Your Own Problem?

It might be hard to accept, but it’s almost certain that the anxiety you experience when you encounter your phobic object or situation is being created by YOU unwittingly and NOT the thing you fear.

Find out more about the subjective vs objective nature of phobias here.

Alektorophobia sufferer in therapy session

Counselling and Therapy for Alektorophobia

We offer a number of different types of therapy and counselling for Alektorophobia the Fear of Chickens.

Choosing the most suitable therapy depends on a number of different considerations including factors such as:

  • How long you have had the problem.
  • Your personal preferences.
  • How your problem is affecting you today.

You can read more about the different types of therapy for Alektorophobia on the following links:

Although all therapies use slightly different approaches, the one thing they all have in common is the relationship that is formed between the client and therapist.

Furthermore, research also suggests that the therapy relationship may be the most important factor in achieving a good therapy outcome.

Free initial consultations for Alektorophobia

Arrange your FREE initial consultation here.

If you’d like to find out more about overcoming Alektorophobia or recovering from related mental health problems then why not arrange a free initial consultation with us.

During this consultation we will discuss your particular phobia and the different types of mental health counselling we offer without you having to commit to any counselling going forward.

The consultation lasts around 50 minutes and is a great opportunity to meet with either Paul or Joan and decide if you would like to proceed with any support.


Links to More Information

These links take you to other resources on the web.

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Applied Psychology Solutions

If you’d like to learn how to overcome Alektorophobia but dislike the idea of having “therapy”, then why not learn how to change the way you make sense of your experiences with the CORE Programme.

If you believe that your problems are the result of what has happened to you and not because there is something wrong with you, then this is the solution you’ve been looking for.

Not Ready to Commit to Therapy Quite Yet?

Then why not see if you can solve your alektorophobia problems using our comprehensive, Online Self-Help CBT course.


Written especially for people who prefer not to engage with a therapist before doing everything they can to overcome their problems.

Mirroring our in-house course of CBT, it contains everything that you need to know to tackle mental health challenges for only £149.

Counselling Locations

We offer counselling for Alektorophobia problems for people living in:

  • Wombourne
  • Wolverhampton
  • West Midlands
  • Shropshire
  • South Staffordshire
  • Telford
  • Shrewsbury

You can also access our services around the World using online therapy with Paul.