Unusual behavior?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by acro1010, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. acro1010

    acro1010 Chirping

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    One of my hens went after another today with raised hackles? I think that's the name for it. Is that normal hen behavior? It's also a hen (that was attacked/warned) that always seems to stay in the back when the other two come near me and she makes a noise like she's annoyed with me. Just curious and concerned.
     
  2. lightchick

    lightchick Crowing

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    My girls do that at least once a day. It's just how they display dominance.
     
  3. tcstoehr

    tcstoehr Songster

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    In my limited experience, the fluffing of the neck feathers and holding the head high and charging into each other is their way of saying "I'm the boss". Seems like very typical hen behavior.
     
  4. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

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    That's exactly what it is @tcstoehr !! I have a very small flock, 4 Black Australorp "ladies". One of them on almost a daily basis will raise her neck up, fluff up her neck feathers (hackles) and flap her wings, as if to say "I'm the baddest of the bad...steer clear" ... which the other three most certainly do!! [​IMG]
     
  5. acro1010

    acro1010 Chirping

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    It's just funny cause the smallest is doing it the largest one.
     
  6. acro1010

    acro1010 Chirping

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    OOPSS... Doing to the largest LOL
     
  7. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

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    Boy, that IS strange!! Gutsy little chicken!! [​IMG]
     
  8. bella002

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    My more dominant hens will do the same thing. It's just their way of telling the other hens that they are the boss and keeping the pecking order intact.
     
  9. acro1010

    acro1010 Chirping

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    Yeah and it seems she is getting away with it too. They have a little more growing to do so maybe she'll be bigger who knows. They're about 17 weeks old right now so not much more growing.
     

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