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Strange Behavoir

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by steve232, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. steve232

    steve232 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok first of all I'm not crazy. I had to see this several times to be sure I wasn't crazy but its really happening. I have a Rhode Island Red hen (Gertrude) thats around 1½ years old. Recently I have saw her mounting the other hens like a rooster does and going through all the motions of a rooster. I do have a rooster and he does his thing regularly to all the hens including Gertrude. I guess shes not hurting anything but kinda seems strange to me. Has anyone had this occurrence with any of their chickens or have any idea whats going on with Gertrude ?
     
  2. Cassie chappell

    Cassie chappell Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow she thinks she is a male!
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    My guess is Gertrude is dominating the others, though it is possible that Gertrude is a hermaphrodite or that her ovary has failed, does she lay eggs and is she top hen.
     
  4. steve232

    steve232 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes Gertrude does lay eggs and shes not the top hen. I have a big barred rock that no one messes with other than the rooster.
     
  5. rIrs roost

    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot Premium Member

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    Did you get her from Bruce Jenner?
     
  6. steve232

    steve232 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. rIrs roost

    rIrs roost Sir Crows A lot Premium Member

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    Sorry. I couldn't resist.
     

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