Do hens fight?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Charlene, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. Charlene

    Charlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have what I think are three hens, about 5 months old (no eggs yet). But I saw two of them standing up and posturing this morning and kind of chesting each other. Isn't that a rooster thing? Do I have two roosters?
     
  2. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens do it sometimes, too.
     
  3. flock-mama

    flock-mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they are making pecking order. I have had hens fight with roosters at that age. Its kind of funny, they think they are so tough! Do you have a picture?
     
  4. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Hens fight too... sometimes more than the roos. [​IMG]
     
  5. 1acrefarm

    1acrefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is not necessarily a rooster thing. I have a banty hen that will jump on bigger hens. She will fight the mirror just like a roo as well too. She will actually fight the mirror all day if you let her. When I have her in the house awhile where she cannot hear the roos as well she will even occasionally crow. She is definitely a hen because she lays eggs and she is currently broody.
     
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  6. Darin115

    Darin115 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My white leghorn hens will fight like a rooster. Chest out, feathers on their neck raised and they flog each other over and over.

    They did this when I moved them all together into 1 house. I assume they were establishing dominance.

    Now they just peck each other on the comb and drag each other around the house when they get in a tuff. It is just harmless spats, no blood is drawn.

    I did try to put 2 other hens in with them for about 30 minutes. The 2 dominate hens went at it for 30 minutes. I had to remove the new hens. They would have fought until one killed the other or passed out trying.
     
  7. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    My little three week old chicks are starting that too! lol They are deciding their pecking order already! [​IMG]
     
  8. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You will have Bosses or try to be.
     

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