Hen mating other hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by I-Have-Happy-Hens, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    Carrboro, NC
    Ok we have one NHR that has started jumping and matiing other hens and we are sure it is a hen over a year old and lays eggs has anybody had this happen before? We think that she thinks it is domance because she did not do this until we added a little silkie rooster this year.


    P.s. she does not try to crow or any thing rooster like.
  2. groundpecker

    groundpecker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2011
    Rison, Arkansas
    Looks like you have a gay hen. Just kidding [​IMG]

    She might be trying to become top hen of the pecking order. That's the only thing i can think of.
  3. McKenley5

    McKenley5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2011
  4. jomoncon

    jomoncon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2010
    New Orleans, LA
    I had one of my 8 RIRs do this last week. My are around 10 months old & all have been laying steadily. I just ignored it. Maybe it's just frustration. I've seen female dogs try to mount each other.
  5. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    One of our girls is like that - she mounts a smaller hen (same one each time) and tries to rip feathers from the back of her neck. It seems very much like a dominance thing, as it mainly happens when the smaller one tries to forage from the same patch of ground, and the alpha hen also steals food from the smaller one.

    So far there have been no actual injuries, and it doesn't seem particularly bad, but whenever she seems to be getting a little too big for her boots I sit out there and hold her on her back (in my lap) for a while in front of the others hoping this will knock her down a peg or two. This morning's effort ended up with her peeing on my leg. *sigh*
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2011
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    It's a dominance issue. An alpha hen will mount other hens/pullets to show her dominance.
  7. FLchook

    FLchook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2007
    Orlando, Florida
    I agree, dominance.... especially if you don't have roosters around.
  8. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    Carrboro, NC
    I think so because when she does this our rooster runs over there and pushes her off the little hen and the NHR hen starts sparring with the rooster rooster wins and he mounts her and she goes off to do something else
  9. Kirtusjon

    Kirtusjon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hormonal issues can also cause this also. If she is still laying, thats a good sign. If she stops laying and tries to breed alot, that could be a sign of reproductive disease because of high production of testostorone.
  10. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    Carrboro, NC
    Is there any thing I can do to stop this?

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