Behavior and character
Dutch crested hens are very docile and friendly. It is a natural kindness that is very palpable for humans but can cause them problems in a mixed chicken coop. Their large crests attract unwanted attention from other breeds, leading to plucked feathers, regrowth pecking, and cuts.
However, even when attacked, the Dutch hen prefers to flee rather than fight back, which can be difficult with feathers in her eyes. Even the rooster is not aggressive and will be relatively low in the pecking hierarchy. The best way to protect your Dutch hen from aggression is to keep ornamental hens as friendly or crested as the Padua or Silk hens. If you find that your hen has her crest feathers pulled out, keep her away from others until she heals.