My hen is acting like a male

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by greeneggs1, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. greeneggs1

    greeneggs1 Hatching

    Jun 30, 2010
    Salt Lake Valley, Utah
    One of my 10 week old buff orpingtons was nestled in the grass, and my (also 10 week old) rhode island red tried to get on top of her from behind. the rir does have more prominent comb and wattles than my other rir.

    I've read where a hen will take on the role of rooster if there isn't a rooster present in the flock.
    But, I haven't found anything about them trying to get onto the backs of other hens (as if to mate).
    Also, isn't 10 weeks too young to start trying this?

    It seems to me that I definitely have a cockrel in my bunch, but could I be wrong.
    Any opinions or thoughts on this will be very much appreciated, thanks.
  2. I have 40 hens and none of them mount the others. Only my roo has done that, but he started later about 14 weeks. (He's a shy guy) Was the RI pulling at the other hen's wattle or comb? If it is a roo, it should start crowing pretty soon.

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