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Female Dominance?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tsasquatch, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. tsasquatch

    tsasquatch In the Brooder

    Jan 5, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    I have three chickens, one that is about seven months old and two younger that are about three months old. Of the two younger pullets one is much larger than the other (almost bigger than the older buff orp). She occasionally kind of bites and holds on to the feathers at the back of the other two chickens necks. Is this a sign of challenging the dominance of the older hen or a sign of a cockerel getting ready to start mating?

  2. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Songster

    I'd say you have a cockerel there.
  3. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    could be either...hens have a dominance oder just like roos. Heck I have a hen that smacks down roos!

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