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hen mounting other hens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kiwiadix, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. kiwiadix

    kiwiadix Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 10 month old splash orphington. It looks like a hen. Has a hen body but the comb is a bit large for a orphington hen but not like a rooster. The comb is about the size of a comb on a weslumer. Today I was suprised to see her mount another hen and breed her like a rooster. This is a mixed laying flock , only hens no rooster. In the next pen I do have a silkie rooster and I do hear him crowing. Since there are 12 hens in the pen I do not know if this bird is laying. Have any of you experienced this behavior?
     
  2. LuvinMyPeeps

    LuvinMyPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope, but without pictures, I'd guess you have a rooster there! [​IMG]
     
  3. jennh

    jennh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a speckled sussex, Sadie, that does that to Dorothy dominique constantly ! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    She has worn the feathers off her back in some spots already grrrrr

    Jen
     
  4. LuvinMyPeeps

    LuvinMyPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really? Oh wow, how funny! I had no idea....
     
  5. LadyHartman

    LadyHartman Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an EE that does that too. She has the body shape and comb of a roo but lays beautiful green eggs.
     
  6. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    Often a dominant hen will emerge in a flock with no roo....and handle "mating", etc.

    Some time back I got a group of 8 mo old pullets from another farmer. Same thing happened - dominant hen mounting the others. After quarantine, I put them in with a roo. The dominant gal even sparred with the roo for 3 days!
     
  7. jennh

    jennh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2007
    Lititz
    Quote:[​IMG]

    Jen
     
  8. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Our RIR does that to the lower-ranked hens as a show of dominance.

    I just call her the resident lesbihen.
     
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  9. Christie Rhae

    Christie Rhae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:One of my RIR also does this. When ever I catch her doing this I push her around a little and tell her " hey, who do you think you are? I am the boss here." lol
     
  10. ParlorCityChickens

    ParlorCityChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes we have a "lesbihen" as well. [​IMG] We just laugh.
     

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