Mean Hen! (picture)(Update - Discovery)

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Poliwag, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. Poliwag

    Poliwag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From left to right, Dizzy the duck, Poly and Princess.

    Poly is the chookie in question. I bought her when she was 3 months old. She is now around about 5 months old. Princess is the same age as her and yet Poly is almost twice the size of her! I have seen, lately, Poly chasing Dizzy and Princess around the coop, very aggressively. I wondered if maybe Poly was a rooster but she would have started crowing already.

    Anyone have any idea why she does this?
     
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  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I don't know silkies... could be a roo!

    She looks like an evil gypsy! (In a cool kinds way)
     
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  3. consdrs

    consdrs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would def think roo... the hair do the large wattles, and comb. some silkies are late bloomers...
     
  4. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    I am pretty sure that's a roo
     
  5. chris_m90731

    chris_m90731 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i've heard of a "alpha hen," before. [​IMG]

    basically, the absence of a rooster predicates an aggressive hen to step in and start regulating the flock.
    i've even heard that certain "peculiar," hens will even mount other hens in the attempt to establish dominance.

    once i had a RIR hen that would chase all the other hens around and generally make their lives a pain in the butt.
    we fixed that with the addition of bantam rooster who, in turn, put the RIR in check and thus the chickens natural society fell into place.
     
  6. Poliwag

    Poliwag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was told she was a hen [​IMG]

    I am not allowed roosters here.... what am I going to do if she turns out to be a rooster? [​IMG]
     
  7. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

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    That's a rooster. If you really can't keep him you should start trying to find a home for him as soon as possible. Unless you're willing to eat him or let someone else eat him it can take a while to find a good home, so starting early helps. It took forever for my silkie roosters to even think about crowing. I suspect they know people don't want roosters and they're a breed that's hard to sex, so they just don't crow for a long time to throw you off the scent. [​IMG]
     
  8. chris_m90731

    chris_m90731 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:since you've breached the topic...how do roosters taste?
    i've got an EE roo that's turning out to be a big pain in the %!*
    -he's also got alota mites (i've isolated him from the rest of my flock).
     
  9. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

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    Quote:Like chicken. [​IMG]
     
  10. Poliwag

    Poliwag Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I did have a rooster at one stage (Silkie, buff, left one in Avatar) and he had a deep voice but this one sounds just like the other hens [​IMG]
     
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