Over mated hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by sljack2006, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. sljack2006

    sljack2006 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a beautiful campine hen, 2 red sex link hens, one white sex link hen, one sultan hen and one rooster who is possibly a Mille Fleur mix.
    The small rooster can successfully mate with only the campine, due to his size. The big girls just ignore him. Since he hit puberty and began mating, my campine hen (she was the sweetest hen, loved to be held, came to see us, etc... ) has become a different bird. She doesn't like to be held and is now being mean to the other hens, especially the sultan. Is she being over mated by this little guy? Would this lead to her personality change?
    Thank you.
     
  2. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's probably not an issue with over-mating. Over-mating results in feather loss on the back, and broken feathers on the backs of the wings. I've found as some hens mature, their personalities change a little bit too. How old is your hen? As for the picking on the the others, I'd say she's just asserting her spot in the pecking order. [​IMG]
     
  3. sljack2006

    sljack2006 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is 5 months old. Thank you so much for your response :)
     

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