Hen pulling at Tom's chest feathers?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by SillyChicken, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. SillyChicken

    SillyChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Anyone know what might be going on with this? My thought is stress... or he's too close to the eggs they started laying. I have confined them from free ranging so they could go broody where I want them too.... The hen is pulling pretty hard on his chest feathers.
     
  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I have witnessed my hens do this but I have no idea why. Sorry.
     
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  3. Haida

    Haida Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering the same this, actually... I have seen my hen do it a few times--looks like it huuuurts! My poor jake!! I think its more of a curiosity thing... she tilts her head and looks at it really hard... then switches eyes.. then cautiously pecks. Then pecks again and grabs! Ow ow ow!

    My jake (maybe he's a "tom" now, idk) and hen are only about a year and 4 months old, and his beard is finally starting to poke through his chest feathers... kind of looks like a pinecone. She doesn't peck at anyone else or peck her own feathers, so I'm not toooo concerned... I am keeping a close eye on her, though.

    Maybe she wants her own beard? Lol!
     
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    My hens have beards. :lau
     
  5. Haida

    Haida Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THAT'S AWESOME! [​IMG]

    I have a few teenagers that are just starting to come into their own... I know I have one female, but another one acts like a hen, talks like a hen but looks like a boy... I wonder if "she'll" have a beard, too? Does it even work that way? Do your bearded hens act like toms?
     

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