Hen dominence?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Terrik, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. Terrik

    Terrik Chirping

    Aug 13, 2011
    Dallas, OR
    I have a nine ladies that have all be together for over a year now. I have caught this hen on top of several other hens at different times and during this time she seems to be trying to mating with them, I guess. The bottom hen will be almost laid out flat and the hen on top will be pulling on the feathers of her head. Is this something I should be worried about or is this a normal "thing?"
  2. americanvalkyrie

    americanvalkyrie Songster

    Nov 20, 2011
    Reno, NV
    Sometimes the hen can have a hormone imbalance that makes her act more rooster-ish. They can even develop spurs and crow. If she's laying eggs, she's a hen. But if she's being too aggressive for the other 8, then you may have to make a choice whether or not to keep her.

    Come to think of it, though, I know a few women that can be described this way as well. [​IMG] Without the crowing.
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  3. chookhead

    chookhead Songster

    Sep 7, 2011
    ui ahev heard of many women doing that aswell but either u become rooster like pretend to mate witht he bully or get a rooster or isolate the hen until the pecking order returns to normal then place problem hen back into the flock

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