New broody hen now at the top of the pecking order of flock of 8

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MelonHeadSeb, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. MelonHeadSeb

    MelonHeadSeb Chirping

    May 26, 2014
    I got 3 new chickens recently, before that I had 5 which were all pretty happy with each other and the top girl had been there for a few years, but one of the new ones is broody and very aggressive, so all the others are pretty scared of her at the moment. She has fought with my old top hen a few times and won so I am pretty sure she is now right at the top... the other 2 new ones are somewhere on the lower half I think. How common is this? It feels weird having a different chicken at the top now...
  2. JaeG

    JaeG Crossing the Road

    Sep 29, 2014
    New Zealand
    It's those hormones! A broody is a force to be reckoned with if anyone dares threaten her nest/eggs/chicks.
  3. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Songster

    Aug 16, 2015
    North East Oklahoma
    I had the same thing happen I kinda wanted the old top hen to stay but the weird thing is she's only the boss of the old top hen and that's it she's under everyone else and the old top hen is boss of everyone else but the new top hen it's a bit confusing but I think I'm gonna get it resolved or so I thought(btw this all happened last year) so the old top hen went broody this year and I was thinking yes maybe she can take her spot back but nooo they new top hen went broody too at the same time right now their both separated but when I re integrate them back to the flock I'll just have to see who wins.

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