Why is Hen mounting Hens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by banks, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. banks

    banks Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have an agressive hen (RIR) that appears to mount 2 out of 3 new hens (Ameracuanas) that I introduced to the flock 6 weeks ago. I have noticed the bare back area on the 2 hens. I do not have any roosters. I have only witnessed it twice. Is my alpha hen just being agressive? How do I stop it. The run is plenty big enough for them all to get along.
     
  2. cindylo

    cindylo Out Of The Brooder

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    I believe that each chicken society forms its own little world and sombody becomes the "alpha" even if she's a SHE. She's just asserting herself. Aside from isolation or shaming of the "bad girl" there's not a whole lot you can do to prevent this behavior.

    I've got 3 RIR's and 3 games. One if the Reds is a tough meanie but she is my best layer too! I have put an anti picking bit on her because she was being very mean to the other gals. Now that she's not such a big threat my little world of 6 is experiencing a more peaceful existence - but there still is a definite social order, a boss, and the underlings.
     
  3. banks

    banks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks Cindylo.....I wonder how long it will take for the feathers to grow back in after I isolate the aggressor?
     
  4. cindylo

    cindylo Out Of The Brooder

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    it takes a while, but the damage will repair in weeks to months - depending on how bad the bare spots are. fear not! (I tried shaming my feather picker by putting her inside a dog kennel in full view of the others for a weekend. But I finally had to resort to the "bit" for Kung Pao.
     

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