Will my old hen act like a rooster for new flock?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wohneli, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. wohneli

    wohneli Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 6, 2008
    I have an older hen that I bought a while ago. She was attacked by our dogs several months ago and I have nursed her back to health. Since then she has stopped laying and I have gotten 10 new pullets. If I can sucessfully integrate her into the flock, will she take on a patriarchal/matriarchial (like a rooster) role in the flock since she is no longer laying?
    I really fell attached to her after nursing her back from her episode with the dogs and I may have to cull if she is just a feed consumer.
  2. chook pen jen

    chook pen jen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2009
    Collie W.Australia
    she may do the roosters job, or she could start laying again in the spring .after the work you put in nursing her back to health its realy worth giving her more time. [​IMG]
  3. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    It is really just a pecking order personallity thing. Let them work it out.

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