The hens "have a headache"

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Henrik Petersson, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. Henrik Petersson

    Henrik Petersson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've noticed that often when my roo tries to make love to the hens, they try to figh/shrug him off. Sometimes, he manages to mate with them, but they then chase him off afterwards. Is this something I should be worried about?

    A lot of the time they just stand still and take it as well. I'd say about half the time, from what I've seen.

    I should mention it's a young roo, perhaps I should say cockerel. I think he's fully grown, but his comb and wattles aren't fully developed. He has a history of being bullied by the hens; could this be about status rather than sex?
     
  2. lovemychix

    lovemychix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a roo. Hen pecked roo. [​IMG] Mine did the same thing.
     
  3. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Hens get annoyed with young roos constant attention. If the roo hasn't asserted his dominance it wouldn't be surprising if they beat him up for it at least occasionally.
     
  4. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say it's about status, for sure. This behavior cracks me up. I've got a SLW pullet who defends all the other girls from the cockerels. I saw him try to breed her today, and she beat him up for it. If she catches him on any of the others, she runs at him and knocks him off, and chases him away. She's my favorite, go Norma!
     
  5. Henrik Petersson

    Henrik Petersson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, thanks! Good to know I don't need to put my chooks into therapy. [​IMG]
     
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Well you know, it is just possible that there's a limit to how many times a day a hen wants to be squashed flat by a big wiggly bird with eight long sharp toenails and a beakful of her neck feathers [​IMG]

    He should get a bit more suave, and the hens more accepting and/or resigned, as he matures and refines his technique.

    Pat
     
  7. lovemychix

    lovemychix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well you know, it is just possible that there's a limit to how many times a day a hen wants to be squashed flat by a big wiggly bird with eight long sharp toenails and a beakful of her neck feathers [​IMG]

    He should get a bit more suave, and the hens more accepting and/or resigned, as he matures and refines his technique.

    Pat

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  8. lavacaw

    lavacaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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