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Gender Confused Hen... ???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by delawaregirl09, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. Well, I have a Delaware Hen that will be two years old in April. She has been laying eggs for me until she went into molt three months ago, and i'm still waiting on a new egg. We have this cross hen that is treated extremely bad by every chicken I have. About a month ago, another cross hen would jump on her and shake her like she was going to breed her. That was as far as it went. Recently, Junebug, the Delaware, actually triesto breed her. She grabs, shakes, and puts her tail down when Screamer (the victim) raises her tail up to accept sperm! Is she just dominating her? Because I find this rather odd... I took a picture to show you...

  2. magentamomma

    magentamomma Songster

    Oct 26, 2009
    I have an elderly hen that does the same exact thing. i hope someone answers.
  3. suburbanminifarm

    suburbanminifarm Songster

    Jul 29, 2009
    N.San Diego County
    Sorry I can't be more help to you....
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  4. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    In flock with no rooster, it is not unusual for a dominant hen to take the role of the rooster. Even when it comes to mating. She is not a homosexual, she is merely showing dominance.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2009
  5. Their is a rooster though, a very active, dominant, rooster.
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  6. magentamomma

    magentamomma Songster

    Oct 26, 2009
    Quote:My flock is the same. I have 2 roos, and she still does it.
  7. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    It happens. They're chickens they have different rules for behavior.

  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I've only had one hen do that.

    And I rehomed her.
  9. Quote:I've been trying to sell the flock shes in to make room for my younger birds, but they arent laying a lot right now [​IMG] I figure its just a dominance thing, I just wanted to make sure I'm not having problems...

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