What was he doing?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kimisfishing, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. kimisfishing

    kimisfishing Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was out watching the chickens and trowing some treats in the pen when my roo grabbed a hen by the back of the neck and was shaking her???? I have never even seen chicken before I bought them so dont know what to expect. Was he trying to hurt her???
     
  2. Attila the Hen

    Attila the Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like he could have been mating? Sort of strange. Hopefully someone with more experience may know. However, I would keep an eye on the situation to make sure your hen is okay. There is a post here of a rooster that tried to kill a hen by trying to tear her head off!
     
  3. kimisfishing

    kimisfishing Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont think she is old enough to lay eggs so would he still try to mate with her? She doe look to be the largest/oldest of all of them.
     
  4. Attila the Hen

    Attila the Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not sure about whether her age would matter. Why dont you look up mating behavior on the site here and it may give you a better idea of what happens and at what age.
     

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