Do chickens get jealous?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by debid, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    I've witnessed one of my pullets (crazy Gertie) come over and peck at the cockerel when he mates with others. He reminds her that he's boss as soon as he's done (a couple of pecks and a dropped wing dance) and she actually puts up a bit of a fight before acquiescing. She also pretty much throws herself at him with the preening and "accidentally" bumping up against him. She's getting her fair share of loving so I can't figure out what her problem is other than that she doesn't want him mating the other gals. Has anyone seen this sort of behavior before? Are chicken brains capable of jealousy?
  2. GardenGal

    GardenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Western WA
    It amazes me what chicken brains are capable of!
  3. bustermommy

    bustermommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2011
    Considering some avian species mate for life, I don't see why hens couldn't be jealous/possessive of their mates.

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