Hen battling Rooster for dominance

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by plottster, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. plottster

    plottster Out Of The Brooder

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    So my boss hen Smiley, who has for the last 1 ½ years been the uncontested heavy weight champ of the coop is now being challenged by my young rooster. All the other hens gave in without much of a struggle but Smiley is refusing to give up the belt. This weekend there were several battles that were very intense leaving both Smiley and Gator bloody (he was the worse for wear). I swear she thinks she is a rooster the way she was fighting. She currently is still boss but I am a bit fearful of more battles. Anyone ever have this happen and how long could it go on? I don’t think she has any plans to just hand over the reins but I don’t want the battling to continue.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    She will be very reluctant to relinquish her position at the top of the pecking order, but eventually he will probably win. Sometimes when this happens a rooster will make such a hen his 'target' and work at forcing her from the flock. Rather than viewing her as a mate, he may view her as competition.
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I once had a high ranking hen that I never once seen the rooster breed. She was a fighter also. He decided to leave her alone and enjoy the Hens that accepted his attention.
    Might workout?? Then again it might not?
     
  4. plottster

    plottster Out Of The Brooder

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    I am worried about him targeting her now and forcing her out of the flock. He has his favorite girls and has never to my knowledge tried anything with the leghorns. He seems to like the bigger girls (EE, Wyandotte, Buff Orphinton) but then again they are the less dominant ones too. I want the girls to be protected when I’m not around and also want the fertile eggs/chic’s experience but not at the cost of losing my favorite chicken. I will just have to keep an eye on things to ensure they don’t go too far…Thanks for the response
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    If you can put the Roo in a look but dont touch pen while your not around to protect them. He will not get at your favourite hen that way and she will keep her position in the flock.
     
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