Help My Hens Are Lesbians!!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by pattgal, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. pattgal

    pattgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never thought I would see this. while i was cleaning out the old hay One of my red hens mounted another [​IMG]
    out here there is no mention of breed. when we order they ask red or white. they are not as dark as a RIR but still red
    I don't know what's going on but I have 14 red hens (none of them stand out) and 13 eggs a day.
    two of them only started laying about a week ago so I was hoping for my 14th anytime now. Am i gonna get it?
    I am puzzled because I had a real rooster in there not that long ago and there was no squabbling
    what's going on????
     
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  2. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    If you took the rooster out then you just have a dominant hen stepping up to take his place in the pecking order. No worries, it is completely normal. [​IMG]
     
  3. Harlequin

    Harlequin Out Of The Brooder

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    it's just a dominance thing, no big deal. plenty of other animals in the world do similar acts to just pin the other down and determine who the boss is. if they were primates like baboons then you could be right though lol.
     
  4. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! Get it on video. i'm sure there is a market for a kinky chicken video. [​IMG] Just kidding. But seriously the hen that did the mounting is more than likely playing the dominate roll in your flock. She is essentially taking place as the roo in charge of her flock where there is no roo. Don't worry I'm pretty sure it is natural and nothing to worry about.
     
  5. pattgal

    pattgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is weird
    I was wondering if it was gonna be like a dog thing where they just all do it
    So no 14th egg then?
     
  6. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Quote:You're doing good to get 13, not due to this behavior either. The ladies will generally lay an egg a day about 6 days a week. You just have them alternating their day off [​IMG] Also, perfectly normal. 13 eggs a day for 14 hens, is a very good rate of lay. [​IMG]
     
  7. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think the 14th hen will stop laying, but she may even let out a wanabe crow or two. Just because there are 14 hens won't mean 14 eggs a day, every now and then one will take a day off.
     
  8. LilChickCoop

    LilChickCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's just her being dominant. One of mien does that too- and she crows a few times in the morning. (She's definitely a girl though).....
     
  9. Ellie

    Ellie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Lucy (Rhode Island Red) does that as well. I haven't had a rooster around so I figure it is just that but it does look weird indeed.[​IMG]
     
  10. jed2012

    jed2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my wheaten oegb hen does it to the others. shes the only bantam! try to imagine that! a small hen on big hens. also she crows once in a while. although, around the time she crows there are no eggs.
     

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