In a mixed flock who is your alpha hen and who is on the bottom?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by patman75, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a small mixed flock with no Roo.

    White Leghorn, Isa Brown, Buff Orpington and a Silver Laced Wyandotte

    I will soon be adding an EE & a Speckled Sussex.

    Right now my White Leg Horn is the Alpha and the Silver Laced Wyandotte is at the bottom of the flock. I'm sure when the newbies are introduced things will be shaken up at the bottom.

    So I was wondering in your mixed flocks which breeds are your Alpha Hens and who is at the bottom of the flock?
  2. Shannon's Chix

    Shannon's Chix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2009
    N.E. Florida
    My black sex link is the boss lady, even above my roo and even though my youngsters have outgrown her. She's quite a pill!

    My one and only EE is way way way at the bottom.[​IMG]
  3. SheeReno

    SheeReno Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Mine is still based on age, really. Our 10 week BO is on top of the 6-7 week old Silkies (four of them); and then in a separate brooder is an EE, a Polish, and a Silkie all at 2-3 weeks old. The Polsih and EE seem to be in charge of the Silkie. We'll see what happens when they all are more grown.
  4. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    It's based on age in my flock also. I still have 2 of my original, very first hens. They are at the top of the pecking order.
  5. DragonFeathers

    DragonFeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 27, 2009
    Boss lady is a GLW, bottom/last in line is a EE cockerl
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Boss is the Black Sex link... and the one I had before her was also the boss.. I guess BSL are take charge kinda chickens.
  7. nature nut

    nature nut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    My RIR is the queen followed by RIR #2, BO, 2 BR chicks, and last is my EE! Weird that a lot of us have the EE as the bottom of the pecking order.
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    My RIR Penny is the head hen..
    She even takes on my roos when they need to be put in their place! Shes just like her mommy.. [​IMG]
  9. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

    Sep 18, 2009
    SF East Bay CA
    We've been doing a little bit of flock management and originally the RIR and the ameracauna where the BBB - Big baby grump...but we kept them separate for a week and then our blue wyandotte starting pecking everyone, so we've isolated her now, and the whole flock is very very happy no pecking at all. We plan to let the blue wyandotte out in a week. It should take her down a few notches.
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2009
  10. Preservation Acres

    Preservation Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    1. BO at the top
    2. NH Red
    3. Delaware
    4. Australorp
    5. Game hen at the bottom

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