no rooster but...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by vclark321, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. vclark321

    vclark321 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only have 3 hens, but in the absence of a rooster will the top hen in the pecking order take over watching out for the rest of the flock? My oldest hen seems to be on guard and watching out as the others free range and scratch. Is that part of the process? Thanks!
     
  2. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes and I've read that they can even start to crow and try to mount the other hens and stop laying eggs, it sounds crazy but people claim to have had it happen.
     
  3. vclark321

    vclark321 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the good info! How am I going to explain this one to city officials?!? LOL! Can I say she is gender confused? Or should I just have them feel her up for dangly bits? That would certainly make MY day! I am still hoping she will be the first to lay an egg. Judging by comb color, she is the reddest so far. And they start to lay about 20 - 24 weeks? I have 2 weeks to go at the least. Waiting, waiting, waiting. Thanks again!
     
  4. kreolechick

    kreolechick Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a beautiful RR hen that loves to play rooster with the others, the first time I saw that I just about fell off my chair!
     
  5. scfire

    scfire New Egg

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    Quote:I have a hen that does indeed crow. Boy she is going to be confused in a few days when the new rooster shows up.
     

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