What the? YOu arent a male!!!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MonkeyZero, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    Modesto Ca

    Well I have 3 hens. All laying by the way. Next thing I saw outside today, one of them was mating with the other!!! Shes weird. I know its mating cause I've seen it happen. WHy are they doing this?
  2. TommyVT05

    TommyVT05 Songster

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southern California
    Wow. I am not sure if animals "swing that way" but from what I know...some hens undergo a hormonal change in which they change from being a hen to a male's trait like trying to crow, dominate, sometimes mate. But this is from someone who had told me in the past.
    Hope it helps

    - Tommy
  3. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    Raymond, Mississippi
    Lord only knows! I've seen this behavior in neutered tom cats, and I've read it's not uncommon with chickens. None of my hens are the same age or size, so I doubt I will witness that behavior.
  4. clay

    clay In the Brooder

    Feb 13, 2008
    My sister's female great danes are in heat, and are "at it" on the front porch all day long.

  5. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Do you have a rooster?

    If not then sometimes the dominate hen will take on rooster like behavior and may even stop laying.

    airmom-tomcat do this as a form of dominance.
  6. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    Quote:I was going to say the same thing. For a period of time, I had no rooster and the dominate hen acting like one (although she did not crow that well). As soon as the new roo was in the house, she went back to be a docile lady again.
  7. SillyChick

    SillyChick Songster

    Dec 15, 2007
    Surprising indeed! Strange though....... [​IMG]

    I saw an article on Feathersite.com, saying that in a hen, only the left ovary works. If some kind of disease or distruption destroys the working ovary, the right ovary starts to function. Oddly, the newly-working ovary produces more testosterone(male hormone) than estrogen(female hormone), thus giving the hen male features. But the hen doesn't completely turn into a male; Some may still lay, at the same time crow. Sex change on roos don't occur.

    It was a very interesting article! Hope this helped. Here's the link:


    Good luck!
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    It could also be a dominance thing.
  9. MonkeyZero

    MonkeyZero Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    I have no rooster. It probably is a dominance thing.

  10. jaku

    jaku Songster

    Quote:I'm not yet qualified to answer any chicken-specific questions, but if animals share traits, I'd say it's a dominance thing. I have a female, spayed beagle/lab mix who every now and then will mount whatever she can find- her bed, a pillow, my sleeping (male) English Mastiff. It's both hilarious and disturbing, but I'm told it's normal.

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