Is your alpha chicken a rooster or a hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Wynette, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. Rooster

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Hen

    1 vote(s)
    100.0%
  3. I have more than one pen, most alphas are roos

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. I have more than one pen, most alphas are hens

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. I'm not sure

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    25,559
    67
    411
    Sep 25, 2007
    Michigan
    In one of my pens, the roo is alpha; in my other two, a hen is. What about you?
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    39,707
    1,236
    516
    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    My light brahma girl is top chicken. But I don't have a rooster yet.
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    28,907
    115
    408
    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Thor is tops, but he gets bullied a bit by the top hen.
     
  4. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
    Wisconsin
    One JG hen is the tops.
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2009
  5. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    4,511
    15
    241
    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    Rosebud is the queen. Her "lieutenant" Nellie is more aggressive to the other hens (and rooster) but nobody messes with Rosebud. We thought she was going to be a roo so DH named her Terminator. But when we realized she was a hen, he changed it.
     
  6. 4 Love of Baby Chickens

    4 Love of Baby Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Rusty is the top in my coop. Pepper does not DARE try to dominate Rusty. Everytime she trys too he mates her!!!!!
     
  7. djackjr

    djackjr Chillin' With My Peeps

    545
    0
    139
    Sep 24, 2008
    Graham Wa.
    My roo runs away and one of the hens always comes over and attacks my feet.... [​IMG]
     
  8. rmc85

    rmc85 Out Of The Brooder

    56
    0
    29
    May 8, 2009
    We had 9 RIR's hens and one night a fox got 7 of them. This year we got a new batch (of different breeds) and the 2 RIR's remaining were really confused about them at first. When we finally integrated the new chicks one of the RIR's had nothing to do with them but the other one wanted to play mother.

    After the new chickens got big the 2 RIR hens wanted nothing to do with them and then let it be known that they were king(s) of the coop. One of the RIR hens will come over and DROP KICK the roosters if they look at her the wrong way. Its sooo funny to watch...

    She will get a 10 foot running start, jump in the air so her legs are in front of her, and then smash the roosters with all her weight/momentum directed on to them. THEY have no clue what happened and freak out every time.

    It also never fails that the youngin's will try to take the RIR's roosting spot in the coop each night. Every night the RIR's give a beat down to whatever roo or hen is in THEIR spot.

    Funny thing is both these RIR's are so nice and follow everyone around like they are dogs.
     
  9. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I'm really not sure who is the alpha. I think it's the rooster. Queenie does her own thing, but nobody follows her.
    I can tell you the lowest rank is Houdini though.

    For a while I thought that Queenie was pretty low ranking among the other pullets, maybe because she's red and the other 3 are white because they seemed like they would have nothing to do with her.
    She is buddy buddy with the roo (also a red), somewhat territorial, and pretty independent. Therefore I'm confused as to whether she is independent because she's headstrong, or simply because the others don't want her around [​IMG] She's definitely higher ranking than Houdini, but she doesn't seem to pick on anyone, nor do they pick on her very much. She is independent and goes off on her own a lot, but also runs around with the rooster and copies his actions some. She doesn't bully the roo (or anyone) but I'm pretty sure she's top pullet.

    One of the white pullets is the bully, either Cracker or Blacky, but I'm not sure which. The three whites hang out together most of the time, but Houdini shies away or gets pecked away from food. They all follow the Rooster though.

    No one bullies the rooster, but they also don't bully Queenie much either. Rooster runs the flock, calls the ladies for treats and sounds the alarm and they listen to him, but Queenie kindof beats to her own drum. I love Queenie. She's soft, and pretty, and she's the only pullet that I can walk up to and pick up. Leghorns are too flighty.
     
  10. fla_native

    fla_native Chillin' With My Peeps

    103
    1
    111
    Jul 1, 2009
    Haines City Fla
    I have a little game hen that we call "Moms"....Even the JG roo toes the line for her!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by