Hen clucking and bulking up her feathers at me, what does this mean?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Alaynas, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. Alaynas

    Alaynas New Egg

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    One of our hens out of 6 who is not the alpha female just started a new behavior. Starting two days ago she would cluck constantly and bulk up her feathers like she is trying to make herself look big. She usually does it when anyone is near her or sometimes even when no one is around. She isn't aggressive at all. I don't know what this new behavior means? We never hurt or act out toward them in any way. Any info is much appreciated, we just got our ladies a few months ago so raising chickens is new to us.
     
  2. country chick1

    country chick1 Out Of The Brooder

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    is she sitting on a nest all day and night too?? she might be broody if she is
     
  3. georgiao333

    georgiao333 Out Of The Brooder

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    she may be trying to become alpha female?
     
  4. Alaynas

    Alaynas New Egg

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    No she hasn't been sitting on her eggs when I go in to collect them. I forgot to mention that she will walk into the coop by herself while the other hens are free ranging the yard and she will hang out in there like she's being protective of something and do her clucking. I was thinking she might be trying to become alpha female too.
     
  5. SussexInSeattle

    SussexInSeattle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think she is entertaining the idea of going broody, maybe just hasn't fully committed yet.
     
  6. georgiao333

    georgiao333 Out Of The Brooder

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    i agree with this ^
     

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