Do you have a hen that hates your roo?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by gritsar, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    In my adult flock I have a LF light brahma hen, Snowy, that refuses to have anything to do with my roo. She was the same way with the previous alpha and she's kinda a strange bird in other ways, so I just chalked it up to the way she is. I've never seen Thor mate Snowy and to my knowledge, none of her eggs have ever been fertile.

    In my juvenile flock I also have a pullet, Ivy, that refuses to have anything to do with the cockerel. Tonight I watched Impy chase Ivy everywhere before he finally caught her and mated her by force. She won't squat for him, even though I know for a fact that she's laying. She's also one to go off by herself and not come when Impy calls the treat alert.

    What's up with that?

    Do you have a rooster hating hen?
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Ivy's just being coy!

    Impy
     
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    My little EE Ginger hated the first rooster I had. She avoided him at all costs, hiding in the coop, running straight to me when I'd walk outside, etc. She kind of fit your description in being a bit of an odd bird anyhow. My BO didn't like him either, and tangled with him a few times, ending up with a bloody comb. The others tolerated him, although only one girl actually seemed to like him. My girls are my babies, so he had to go. He was replaced with a bantam roo whom ALL my girls like. [​IMG] I definitely think chicken chemistry matters...
     
  4. janinepeters

    janinepeters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometime the hen comes around after a rooster has mated her a few times, and eventually accepts him, especially if he calls her over for tasty treats once in awhile. But I too think "chemistry" matters. They definitely have their likes and dislikes, just as we humans do.
     
  5. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 buff orp hens that have been with the same rooster for 2 years this spring and refuse to have anything to do with him. They are always together but never with the rest of the flock when out or foraging. He does mate them by force on occasion but with 16 more then willing ladies it dosnt happen often. None of my hens seem to like my ameraucana rooster either other then the 3 ameraucana hens that were raised with him.
     
  6. AJ666

    AJ666 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My EE despises him, even though he is a sweetheart. If he makes a move towards her she will peck him in the face. Shes laying eggs, and all her EE's sisters are too and they willingly squat for him. Its kinda funny actually [​IMG]
     
  7. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah, but that's why you keep silkies [​IMG] They can't see the roo and as y'all know, LOVE IS BLIND. [​IMG] Also makes mounting a lot easier as they can't run too good [​IMG]
     
  8. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

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  9. wood&feathers

    wood&feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with the poster who said Ivy is being coy. I have one Partridge Marans who seems to delight in the chase, leading the roo in a huge circle around the whole house before squatting. She didn't even used to squat for him, but since raising a baby she has moved up the peck order to #2.

    Digger, the hen in question, seems to enjoy sprinting. Sometimes she just goes tearing off across the yard, only to stop suddenly like nothing happened. Other times she stretches and flaps after a run to show off her superiority.
     
  10. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    I have one hen, she's not too old, but she's a big one! She is Blue Roo and Big Sissy's daughter; she will not allow ANY roo near her lol!! She beats the snot out of any of them.
     

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