Do hens raise their hackles/ruff when they spar?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MrsClucky, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. MrsClucky

    MrsClucky Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2008
    Silverton, OR
    I just adopted 5 new hens (oh please, oh please). I was told they were 6-7 months old, Bantam mixes. They all LOOK like girls to me but one of them is sparring through the fence with another hen. She's acting very roosterish: her neck feathers are all puffed out, and she's flying at the other hen feet first.

    None of my other hens have ever done that, just the roos. She has feathery feet but I picked her up and didn't feel so much as a bump where the spurs would be. At this age, she'd be starting to get spurs and crow if she was really a he, wouldn't s/he?

    If this turns out to be another rooster (I have three already), my husband will divorce me. Or an angry mob of neighbors will come to the house with torches...
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I've seen standard hens beat the beejeebers out of roos before. Yup they raise their hackles and sometimes they FIGHT!
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    My girls look more like roosters when they fight than the roosters themselves ever did. The hackles are up, the feet are flying and the stink eye is taken to a whole new level.
  4. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

    Aug 27, 2007
    at the zoo usually
    Just today I saw a BR hen fence fighting a cochin roo. The hen was all puffed up, and FIGHTING!! I swear, if you didn't know better.... LOL
  5. MrsClucky

    MrsClucky Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2008
    Silverton, OR
    Thank you all so much for your replies - I'm so relieved!

    I've lived through The Crying Game twice...
  6. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Since we got rid of our last rooster, our cuckoo maran has been acting a bit 'rooish'... popping up her neck feathers and going after the other hens, even the goose!!!
  7. skywatcher

    skywatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2009
    I have a flock of 30 amber star hens hybred and those hen raise their hackles just like a roo and jump at another hen I see this occur every other day and some times the hen jumps at the rooster # 2 must be the ornery rhode island red in them lol
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    At times a mean old hen can be worse than a rooster. Had a broody with a chick go full force hackles high and feet forward... right into a hawks face while the rooster stood in the bushes screaming his head off.
  9. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Quote:Oh yeah... my TINIEST hen will take down my roo in a heart beat. Somehow she's the smallest one I have, and the youngest... but she rules over the roo! If another hen screams from him mating, she'll run over and tackle him. At least someone keeps him in his place.
  10. Ugly Cowboy

    Ugly Cowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2008
    Corn, OK
    YES!!! LOL I've had a confused ol Rhody hen run at me before, hackles up, kickin like crazy, etc... She ended up makin some good chicken and dumplins after the second attack, I figured she was just havin a moment the first time, apparently she was just losin it LOL! Really, they can be meaner then roo's sometimes, they just usually dont got spurs to dig in ya...

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