Hen acting like a rooster??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenwithlips94, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. chickenwithlips94

    chickenwithlips94 Out Of The Brooder

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    My Barred Rock hen is acting like a rooster. She's even mounting my other hens. I read that they will do that when there are no roosters around, but I have 2. [​IMG] I'm wondering what's going on and if she will still lay eggs. Does anyone have experience with this?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    In a flock of all layers, it is common to have a couple of the hens become rather bossy and dominant. They often sport slightly larger combs and wattles too. They are the queen bees, that is for sure. Mine don't mount, as in copying the mating posture, but they sure are the boss of the coup. Yes, they actually lay and lay well.
     
  3. chickenwithlips94

    chickenwithlips94 Out Of The Brooder

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    Fred's Hens :

    In a flock of all layers, it is common to have a couple of the hens become rather bossy and dominant. They often sport slightly larger combs and wattles too. They are the queen bees, that is for sure. Mine don't mount, as in copying the mating posture, but they sure are the boss of the coup. Yes, they actually lay and lay well.

    That describes her and her behavior. Thanks for the info!​
     
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I'm curious as to whether either rooster mounts HER???
     
  5. chickenwithlips94

    chickenwithlips94 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Not that I've noticed, and I've wondered the same thing. They seem to keep their distance from her.
     
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Apparently she's too much woman for your roosters to want to try to take on at this stage...lol Do you have a photo of this queen bee??? (Just double checking gender...lol).
     
  7. chickenwithlips94

    chickenwithlips94 Out Of The Brooder

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    Lol! Apparently. I'll take a picture and post it as soon as I can.
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    [​IMG] It's a dominance issue. She is asserting her dominance, she is the queen...
     
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  9. chickenwithlips94

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    I hope that she stops soon. I'm afraid she's going to hurt one of the other hens. [​IMG]
     

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