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Do Rooster prefer hens of their own breed and color?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by willkatdawson, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. willkatdawson

    willkatdawson Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    We have 7 hens and 1 BR roo. They are all 15 weeks old. 2 of the hens are letting the roo mate with them. I hope eggs will follow soon. The roo is attacking one of our BO hens. She has a small pink comb as do most of the hens. He chases her and pecks her very hard once he gets her. She screams so loud and flies up into the fencing in the run. I am afraid she"ll hurt herself. He is always nice to the 2 BR hens but is frequently grumpy with the 5 BO hens. Do rooster prefer hens of their own breed and color? I know it sounds strange but he is always around one of the BR hens like they are "in love". It's crazy he hates that BO hen and she is calm and really nice just like all of them.

  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    While chickens will seggragate somewhat by breed, (birds of a feather flock together) roosters are not really that picky.

    They do have their favorites that they will hangout with more often, but not always the same breed.

    For a long while my BR roo's favorite was a white leghorn, even though he has 6 BR hens with him also.
  3. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Songster

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    Our roosters prefer bantam hens! we used to have one that lived at the neighbors during the day because the roosters raped her all day long.
  4. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    They like who they like and you cant really control that. My little d'uccle roo LOVES my large fowl golden campine. He will still hop on any chicken with a pulse but prefers this one girl.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2008
  5. junebug7334

    junebug7334 Songster

    Sep 24, 2008
    same here. My Faverolle Roo-he IS a beauty just LUUUVES my one BR hen----even tho he has many other Favvies to choose from.
  6. lovemychix

    lovemychix Songster

    Oct 14, 2008
    Moulton Iowa
    Mine had his special girls. [​IMG]
  7. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    my RIR roo prefers one of the EE's, I dont think the RIR girls allow him to mate even though I have seen him do the rooster dance for them. There is one RIR girl who tries to stay out of his way like she is afraid of him and Ive seen him chase her off half heartedly but never really go after her.

  8. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Its a man... its a woman.... nuff said! [​IMG]
  9. walbarbsa

    walbarbsa Songster

    Nov 1, 2008
    Castroville, Texas
    With my rooster, Fred, if it's breathing,,,,watch out![​IMG]
  10. Definitely not. I have only two Polish bantams, a hen and a roo. They look totally different than everyone else in the flock...

    So guess what - the rooster totally picks on the hen & they HATE each other. I think because she looks different than everyone else, and he has no clue what he looks like!

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