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My Silver-Spangled Hamburg Seems to Be a Bully!

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My Silver-Spangled Hamburg, though she's not at the top of the pecking order (about 3rd--all were the same age and raised together) is turning out to be a bully.  She challenges and pecks the other hens on the higher pecking order (who soon set her straight), and she absolutely hates my two little Frizzle Cochins (raised separately from the others) and PECKS them at every opportunity! Thankfully, the other two hens that are higher on the pecking order run to the defense of the Frizzles.  It's an amazing thing to watch as they intercept her when she goes after the Frizzles. I only recently learned (after raising her from a 2-day old chick--til now-- 12 weeks) that this breed probably will not do well in confinement.  I don't know if this is why she's such a "meanie" who provokes the others without cause or not. Can anyone give advice on what I should do for her sake, as well as my poor little Frizzles (who do manage to stay out of her way most of the time)?  The Frizzles are 10 weeks old.  Oh, and one other thing! She and the Alpha hen are both crowing!  Not exactly like a rooster but very close to it and very loud!  I live in a suburb where "roosters" are not allowed. I would love to receive your comments on "crowing" hens as well!

 

Baffled in Gainesville, FL

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:welcome  Crowing hens at 10 weeks old just don't happen - at least in my experience.  Are you certain that you don't have two cockerels?

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There are no coincidences- only providences.
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Neither of them (now 13 weeks) are showing any evidence of being cockerels, but I'm still "inspecting" them often to make sure. The sounds they make are not as defined as a rooster's but it is very, very close and very, very loud!  I hope they're not roosters because that will mean that 2 of the five chicks I bought from this one breeder was sexed incorrectly!  They were labeled strictly as pullets. I will not be able to keep them if they are roosters,and that will sadden me greatly!

 

Thanks for your reply.

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