Aggressive hen or ...Rooster?!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by GranolaGirl, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. GranolaGirl

    GranolaGirl In the Brooder

    Sep 25, 2010
    I have an Ameraucana "hen" that has been showing aggressive behavior. Today it looked like she was mating with a hen. I have included a picture. She/he is 6 months old.

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    Last edited: Mar 7, 2011
  2. axion_lotus

    axion_lotus Songster

    Jan 19, 2011
    Central NC
    I can't see your photo you posted, but from what it sounds like, you may have a cockerel on your hands. (The terms "hen" and "rooster" are used for birds over a year old, for birds less than a year old, they're called "pullets" and "cockerels." Which, thank you for specifying age here, it really helped out here.)

    For cockerels, usually they'll go crazy with hormones within six months to a year. Regardless of the bird's gender, I'd try and remedy that aggression as soon as you can. (There are a lot of people on here who have asked at one point "how do I remedy a mean rooster?" so if you're curious you can definitely find it on here if you search.) Aggressive behavior like that will only make you (and your hens) miserable. Also, if your bird is a rooster and starts attacking you or your hens, he may be too far gone and simply cannot be rehabilitated; in that case you'll probably have to get rid of him, for the safety of the rest of your flock. It's sad, but it is a possibility here, so please keep that in mind. [​IMG] Because of this, my boys aren't allowed to have a name until they're over a year old. They earn their names when they show that they're sweethearts and aren't going to turn nasty.

    But if it turns out you don't have a cockerel (or another rooster in your flock, and you have all hens), and your bird in question is indeed a pullet (ie, if she's laying, which is a pretty dead giveaway as to which gender she is [​IMG] ), she could just be demonstrating "roo behavior." Sometimes in an all-hen flock there will be that one hen who tries to take on the "rooster role" in the flock. She'll try to mate the hens, rule the proverbial and literal roost, and she'll even try to crow and everything, it's so weird! [​IMG]

    Hope this helps. [​IMG] And [​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2011
  3. Pinky

    Pinky Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    If the bird in question is the one in the middle, then it looks like a cockerel to me. Can you post more pictures?
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    That's a rooster. The saddle feathers give him away.
  5. jenesis536

    jenesis536 Songster

    Oct 3, 2010
    Looks like a cockerel to me... the comb is pretty big for a ee pullet.
  6. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    Congratulations! Its a boy!! [​IMG] Unless you didn't want a boy, in that case you have my condolences. [​IMG]

    Anyway.... [​IMG]
  7. IndigoJaguar

    IndigoJaguar Songster

    Mar 5, 2011
    That definitely looks like a cockerel to me. My Americana/Ee rooster started out like that. [​IMG] The one I found out today I am going to have to kill. I'm so sad; they are beautiful birds, these Americana roosters.

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