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can the pecking order change? and does the way they go in the coop at night mean thats the way the pecking order goes?

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Normally pecking order is established at a very young age among hatch mates.  Once established among hens it stays the same, pecking order among roosters is also established at a young age but changes as one rooster is always trying to be the dominate one. I don't know about the pecking order as they go back to the coop at night.  At my place the dominate hen is the last one to go in at night.

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post #3 of 23

I have a pretty small flock (5 birds) and no rooster and feel like the power fluctuates a little from time to time but mostly stays the same. My silkie, who is definitely always the low bird in the pecking is usually the last to go to bed.

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It usually stays the same, but it can change at times, for example, when a lower ranking hen goes broody and is rearing her chicks, she will get very aggressive and often this allows her to go up a lot in the pecking order.  Also if a high up hen gets sick, she will drop in the pecking order once the others realise she is weaker.

 

The order they go into the coop does not always show the order of the pecking order.  It depends if the chickens want to get in in a hurry or not.  All mine will pile in all over each other in a big squashed mob because they know there are treats in there!

 

The real test of the pecking order would be to throw down a few meal worms.  The higher ranking hens will dominate them, and the lower ones will have to stay on the outside and will get chased by the higher ones if they get too close to the pile of worms.

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Hi and welcome-byc.gif from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. My chicken's pecking order is always changing from month to month, but they did all grow up together. I think going to the coop first just means who wants to get the best spot on the roost first.

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TIME is the best thing to spend on a child!
Always calibrate your hygrometer before you incubate!!

Home to Black East Indies, Mandarins, Speckled Sussex, Barred Rock, Golden Buffs, Welsummers, Ameraucanas, Black Australorp, Silver Laced Wyandotte, Two Weimaraners, Two beautiful daughters and a great DH who builds whatever I need!

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4 horses: Arabian (Polish), Arabian, BLM, Paint thbrd 1/4, 2 dogs: 1 terrior mix, 1 blue nose bull with gotti line, 1 cat: caleco, 7 koi fish, chickens: 11 bramma's, 10 rhode island reds, 4 white leghorns, 5 buff orpington's, 1 black Minorca, 1 duckwing, 1 brown leghorn, 1 (possibly) polish, 1 grey bantom. guinea's: 6 white, 5 pearl grey, 5 lavender. turkeys: 4 blue slate, 4 royal palm.

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4 horses: Arabian (Polish), Arabian, BLM, Paint thbrd 1/4, 2 dogs: 1 terrior mix, 1 blue nose bull with gotti line, 1 cat: caleco, 7 koi fish, chickens: 11 bramma's, 10 rhode island reds, 4 white leghorns, 5 buff orpington's, 1 black Minorca, 1 duckwing, 1 brown leghorn, 1 (possibly) polish, 1 grey bantom. guinea's: 6 white, 5 pearl grey, 5 lavender. turkeys: 4 blue slate, 4 royal palm.

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Hello and welcome to BYC frow.gif Glad you joined us!

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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Welcome aboard.  Sounds like others have addressed your question so let me just say welcome-byc.gif!
 

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I never considered a difference in opinion, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.  - Thomas Jefferson
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.  - Ben Franklin
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.  - Teddy Roosevelt
 

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Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan big_smile.png

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 



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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 



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