Odd mating going on

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Alicat4244, Jun 20, 2018.

  1. Alicat4244

    Alicat4244 Songster

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    So recently when my rooster is mating with a hen ,my dominant hen goes and starts pecking the hen on the head that he is mating with . What's up with that ? I feel bad for the poor girl . :hmm thoughts??
     

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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    I have seen that on occasion. I swear it's jealousy, but who knows for sure why it happens.
     
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  3. Alicat4244

    Alicat4244 Songster

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    That's what my husband said. She stays at his side constantly. Guess she don't like being a sister wife :D
     
  4. Power and status is everything in a chicken's world. Playing nice with others means nothing.
    Call it what you will but I think that jealousy is the wrong term when discussing the pecking order.
     
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  5. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Crowing

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    My most dominant hen does this,she does is almost everytime the dominant rooster mates a hen,would really like to know what it is.
     

  6. snow5164

    snow5164 Crowing

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    Agreed , they are animals . Pecking order is part of their make up
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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    Chickens have emotions as well as any animal does, so don't say it's all pecking order. If that was the case all top birds would do it. There is more to it than just pecking order.
     
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  8. RWise

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    Whatever it is it sure looks like jealousy,,,
     
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  9. Alicat4244

    Alicat4244 Songster

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    Just an update to my thread. Now my top hen isn't letting my roo mate at all:hmm:idunno
     

  10. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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    How big is your set up? Coop and run size? Curious if space has anything to do with it. Also how old are these birds?
     
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