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Dominate Hen, will she ever lay eggs again?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lillysmom, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. Lillysmom

    Lillysmom Out Of The Brooder

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    Please help! I'm new to having chickens. My Orpington hens are 1 year old. I have no rooster. My dominate hen quit laying eggs and is mounting the other hens and being a bully. I'm wondering if she will ever lay again and if I rehome her, would another hen do the same thing and quit laying. I've read recently to put her by herself for a few days and that could help. But, I need advice from someone who has dealt with this before. I chose not to have a rooster because of young grandchildren that visit often.
    Thank you!!
     
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  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Hormones and hen-acting roosters can be very tricky to predict. She may begin to lay again, she may not. If you rehome her, there's a possibility another hen will start up the same behavior, though I wouldn't say it's likely.

    A rooster would solve the issue. Many roosters are extremely friendly around kids and adults alike, you just have to get the right one! Here is my boy Norman, and example of a very friendly rooster. He had about 1,000 different kids pet him when I took him to a recent three day agricultural fair. My point is that not all roosters are mean - and in fact many are quite friendly! You just need to get the right one.

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  3. LilJoe

    LilJoe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just to add onto the topic about nice roosters: chasing could cause a rooster to become mean, I'm not saying don't get a rooster just that your grandchildren might chase him or his hens.
     
  4. Lillysmom

    Lillysmom Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I appreciate your advice!
     
  5. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long has your dominant hen been doing this?
    If she hasn't laid eggs for over a month and this has been going on a while, I would think she has some sort of hormonal issue and is done.
    Time for her to visit the crockpot.
     
  6. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    Not having a rooster is a perfectly fine decision and normally does not cause any problems in the flock.

    Can you show pictures of the bird in question though?
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Your birds will probably quit laying to molt, so that could be what's going on. Without a rooster in a flock one hen will sometimes take over the position. Removing her temporarily will probably do nothing. You will either have to put up with it or remove the hen permanently.
     
  8. Lillysmom

    Lillysmom Out Of The Brooder

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    She been not laying for a month and that's also when I noticed her mounting one certain hen. It's never the others.
     
  9. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she also molting?
    If so, that could explain things.

    If she's not molting, chicken soup.
     
  10. Lillysmom

    Lillysmom Out Of The Brooder

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    She doesn't appear to be molting.
     

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