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I wound up with an Aseel hen in my flock of easter eggers and barred rocks. Is she too aggressive to keep with other breeds?

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The seller mislabeled the breed AND the age of the pullet, she is slightly older than the rest of my pullets. She laid an egg on the first day I had her.

I don't know much about this breed other than that they are considered a bit tricky and not for novice chicken keepers. A novice I am not, but I'm not very familiar with this breed. She is somewhat aggressive with the 3 younger pullets and I'm concerned it may escalate while I'm not there to supervise.

BYC, any advice? I'd love to keep her as she is very intelligent and fun to watch. She also keeps an eye out for danger like no other. I've heard mixed information about keeping them with other hens. 

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In my experience they are no more likely to fight than any other breed of chicken. The only difference is that they are not likely to stop once they do start. My guess is that anybody that mixed up or misrepresented what they had didn't have real asils to begin with, they are usually worth more than your average barnyard bird, and anyone with the real ones would know what they had, what they are worth and what they were capable of.

If she is a pure or close to pure asil she would do better with plenty of space to roam around in with other birds or her own space. Usually they aren't too bad until they raise a brood or two, then they can turn grumpy. They can be quite happy alone, and can do a good job of raising chicks for you, they can also do pretty well in a free range environment, though with their hard feathers they can't take ice and snow as well as some others. They are about the tamest chicken you will ever deal with and the best mothers of any.

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So far she hasn't done any real damage with the young ones other than some reprimanding neck pecks, but she definitely makes them aware that she is the boss in this relationship. When she roosts, she chooses to roost alone from the others in the aviary part of the coop. She is small right now but after they get acclimated and know where home is, I plan on letting them range. I would love to be able to keep her, she is smart and does a great job chasing big birds and thieving squirrels out of the yard. 

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