question about hen dominance.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tknjk, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. tknjk

    tknjk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 1 barred rock, 3 buff rocks, and 3 black austerlorps. in the last week or so I have noticed one of the austerlorps acting a little mean or something.
    If I reach into the coop to touch another chicken or to get one out it comes at me. If I pick her up she's just fine. Tonight I had one of my buff rocks out, and
    when I went to put her back the austerlorp in question pecked her pretty hard a couple times. Before anyone says it NO she is not a rooster. they are all
    just at 5 months old right now. What is going on with this black austerlorp?
     
  2. rockabilly7

    rockabilly7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well if you dont have a rooster this hen might have taken the role as the flock leader.
     
  3. moduckman

    moduckman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There's nothing wrong. This is part of chicken life - it's called pecking order. Relax and let things work themselves out.
     
  4. tknjk

    tknjk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's kinda what I was thinking I just wanted to make sure.
     

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