Hen acting like a roo

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by smoon, Oct 25, 2016.

  1. smoon

    smoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a bully hen who keeps mounting my other hens like a rooster would do. I wouldn't care, except she pecks at them viscously and pulls out their feathers as she does it! I didn't get a roo purposely because I didn't want my hens to feel bullied...but now I have this problem hen who has assumed that role. Is this normal? I don't suppose there is anything I can do to break her bully behavior?
     
  2. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'll be in the barn!
    You're positive she's a hen? It IS normal for hens to sometimes take a leadership role on the pecking order and act like a rooster though....
     
  3. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your not always going to get hens its probably a rooster
     
  4. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'll be in the barn!
    Can we see pics of your hens?
     
  5. smoon

    smoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a picture of her in the act, just a few minutes ago! She's definitely a hen. She lays a big brown egg.

    She even yells as if she's trying to crow.
     
  6. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'll be in the barn!
    Any other pics?
     
  7. smoon

    smoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats normal for hens to crow with the absence of a rooster.How much space do you have?
     
  9. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'll be in the barn!
    Definitely a hen. :)
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Hens can become dominant in the absence of a cockbird....'mounting' is not always about sex.
    That's what she's doing....and is being overly aggressive about it.

    Might want to get rid of her....or give her a timeout in isolation for a week or two to shake up the pecking order.
    Lots of variables here.

    Did you figure out if this was dried blood?
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1137864/scaly-comb#post_17645523

    Number of birds and coop/run size(in feet by feet) is warranted here.
     

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