Hen won't submit to roo

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by KatsavesAnimals, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. KatsavesAnimals

    KatsavesAnimals New Egg

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    I have 4 chickens; 2 silkies, an EE, and a mix rooster. The rooster has no problem mating with the silkies, and they love him. But my EE is miss independent and will not let him dominate her. I have seen him do the dominance dance to her, and she immediately pecked him in the face xD funny, but not what I want! I really want them to breed, and I'm waiting for her to mate with him before I let the eggs be hatched, but he isn't dominant enough to do it. Is there anyway I can persuade Kea (my silly EE) that Regal is boss? Or will they work it out overtime? Please and thank you!
     
  2. Mtn Margie

    Mtn Margie Overrun With Chickens

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    I would just hatch if you want. It took one of my hens a whole year to warm up to the roo. Now he takes very good care of her, standing by while she is in the nest box and finding her special treats. Really quite interesting how it all worked out.
     
  3. KatsavesAnimals

    KatsavesAnimals New Egg

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    Thanks
    I was wondering if maybe taking her out of the flock for awhile would lower her in the pecking order, so that she wouldn't try to dominate him?
     
  4. Mtn Margie

    Mtn Margie Overrun With Chickens

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    Possibly. It will either work or create more chaos.
     
  5. KatsavesAnimals

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    The funny thing is she is bottom of the flock, as far as the hens. But she seems to think she's above the rooster, even tho he's above the other hens lol. He was the last chicken to be introduced, but the silkies took to him within a day.
     
  6. mammat

    mammat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think one of my roosters killed one of my hens today so you might watch them. I know sometimes if the ladies will not submit the roo will pursue and injure the hen. = :(
     
  7. KatsavesAnimals

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    Idk, he's been pretty sweet and gentle to them. Sometimes he startles them when going to mount them, and if that happens he backs off and leaves them alone for awhile before trying again. He won't even peck her back if she pecks him. He's a cool guy and I love him haha.
     

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