Alpha Hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by growinupinfl, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. growinupinfl

    growinupinfl Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    I have a question for you all.. How does one decide which is the Alpha Hen? My Roo well he is just my pain in the butt roo.. He is currently attending the school of hard knocks (that aren't so hard) that is called Roo school... He is slowly gaining these things called manners. But how do you distinguish which is the Alpha hen? Just an interesting thought. Is it the one he chases and tries to mate with most often? Or which. Hmmm

  2. cejunes

    cejunes Songster

    Jul 14, 2010
    Post Falls, ID
    My alhpa hen is the boss even over the roo. I notice that she is the one that always decides who's going to be allowed to eat what treats and is the first to "introduce herself" to any new birds I add to the coop, and she's not always nice about it. What's funny is that she's not even the biggest hen out there. She's one of my EE hens.
  3. chknmama

    chknmama In the Brooder

    Jun 17, 2010
    I am new to chickens myself. I have a small flock of 4 laying hens with no rooster. I have been observing their behavior watching for signs as to their social order. It has really been fascinating to watch for me. There is plenty of space for them all to eat together so there doesn't seem to be any issues with that. But what I've noticed is Beatrice (cuckoo marans) is always first to go into the coop in the evenings, the others seem to wait for her and then follow once she is in. She usually comes out first as well in the morning. Also she never gets picked on by the others. They will posture and peck at one another sometimes but they all leave her be. I've assumed she is alpha based on those observations. These are the first chickens I've ever had so I still have much to learn.
  4. growinupinfl

    growinupinfl Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    Even in charge of the Roo... Hmmm has anyone else noticed that. I need to figure out which one is Alpha hen.. and pay her good attention so she can help keep the Colonel in line..
  5. vetgirl00us

    vetgirl00us Songster

    Apr 28, 2010
    Rome, GA
    My Alpha hen beats up everybody if she chooses. Even the roos.
  6. augustmomx2

    augustmomx2 Songster

    Aug 31, 2008
    Central Indiana
    My Alpha hen is a SLW, she's not even the biggest [​IMG] But, we do not have a rooster for her flock and she has recently started "crowing" its funny and loud [​IMG] She also squaks around everyone when treats are given out, its like she's monitoring everyone and bawks away, to remind them she's there watching [​IMG]
  7. greenSearcher

    greenSearcher Songster

    Aug 22, 2010
    Knew my Alpha Hen, she was the only one with intact feathers on her back. She mates on her terms, and is fast enough to make the roo trip over his feet. She's a Speckled Sussex, and yes she is the first in and first out, first for any treat and if she lets me hold her (doesn't complain) I can then hold all the other girls. Almost lost her to heat a couple weeks ago, but I took her in the house and rehydrated her. Knew things were bad when she would lay on my chest with her eyes closed letting me dribble water down her throat. She went outside when being held became an issue.

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