Hens attacking each other...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by OTchick, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. OTchick

    OTchick Hatching

    Jan 27, 2009
    Northwest, PA
    The last 2 days I have noted blood on the head area and wounds on the combs of 2 of my hens. While observing them today, my rooster mated/attempted to mate several times with various hens. While he was trying to do his stuff, the hen protested loudly and 2 other hens came and began visciously pecking her on the head. I have never seen this behavior before. Any ideas as to the cause?

  2. birdlover

    birdlover Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    You know, that's a good question. I've noticed the same thing with mine except it was just one hen that pecked the one being mated. It must have something to do with the pecking order, is my guess. I hope a chicken psychiatrist comes along soon to answer your question!!
  3. whattheflock

    whattheflock In the Brooder

    Jan 10, 2009
    Santa Rosa, CA
    They have a very small brain, no telling what they're thinking, or if they even are. Seems to me that hens are mainly motivated by food. The rooster, well... you know his motivation. Could be he gets them all over excited and they do things they wouldn't ordinarily do, such as try to be a rooster too. Could be a reaffirmation of the pecking order. Hard to say, ya got me.
  4. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Chickens are like that. They dont share sentiment or congeniality among themselves as we know it.
    The strong survive and the weak suffer, in their world. They are prone to inflicting suffering on one another when the opportunity presents itself.
    I;ve siad it many times, "The Chicken World is a Savage Place."

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