Nasty before laying??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by derby, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. derby

    derby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My red sex link, who has always been docile, has gotten very nasty to her coop-mates. Even when free in the yard, she has "attacked" the other hens, usually going for the neck. I would almost think she was behaving like a rooster except she sure looks like a hen. She will be 6 months old in about a week and is not laying yet. Could she be getting nasty because she is about to start laying?

    Derby
     
  2. geckomama

    geckomama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone with experience will answer......

    BUT I have to admit the first thing to come to mind was chook PMS [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    Do you have a rooster? If not, a dominate pullet/hen can imitate the rooster. I have brown and black sex links and they started laying at 15 weeks. From what I have heard/read sex links tend to lay earlier than a lot of breeds so I'm wondering if she isn't acting roo like due to the lack of a roo?
     
  4. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Quote:Lol I was thinking the same thing. My Buff Orp Lottie is a real nasty thing before she lays, even to me! She has never come after me before, but since she started laying, the minute I walk in the run she's at my feet pecking and biting. By the evening, she's all fine and lovey. [​IMG]
     
  5. derby

    derby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I will confrim the chicken PMS. She laid her first egg today!
     
  6. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Congrats on the egg, at least you received a gift for your troubles. Mine started laying at 16 weeks 3 days- 17 weeks, and were loud but not nasty. VERY loud. Maybe the lack of a breed mate left her confused- my girls had others starting the same phases together, it was a cackle and a hoot to watch them!
     

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