Originally Posted by aart
I have a theory that the smaller the chicks, the less of a 'threat' they are to the adult flock...especially if they are introduced somewhat slowly.
That may be a viable theory. The smaller chick grabbed and ran and it was pretty obvious that the big girls weren't concerned by the action...so there may be something to that line of thought.
I try to understand these animals that I take care of each day. It's fun to predict the behavior and see that the prediction is correct and that the chicken behaves the way that I want them too. That is how I train them and use that training to take care of them. I call them and they come running...that has huge uses. I teach them to stay off the Trampoline and the Deck, it makes my wife happy and as such I get to keep chickens. Some times there are issues and failures, but generally there are insights followed by deeper understanding.
My experience has shown me that Chickens are Hardwired, they have an ingrained behavior. If you understand their motivations and their social structures, you can train them. I've been messing with this behavior in my birds for several years and I've written about some of my findings and observations. One of the primary behaviors is the Pecking Order within the flock. This behavior is so ingrained within chicken social structures, that if a Rooster is not present one of the hen's will step up and be the flock boss.
So when I saw a chick run up and take food from an adult bird, it set me back a bit. That action totally violates the pecking order within a flock. There should have been some sort of reprisal to re-establish the Pecking Order and that reprisal didn't happen. So yeah...I was shocked that there wasn't bloodshed.
I'll be watching these birds and taking notes on their social interactions.
Edited by Rock Home Isle - 5/4/16 at 11:35am