I am impressed by the research and testing attempted. They are a high quality effort, even if down played by OP. I would like to eventually agreed with more of this data shared but, given my personal learning curve is still just beginning- I'm noticably lacking long term datum...
I had never really thought about the different types of pecks until I read this article. I look forward to observing my hens more closely with these ideas in mind and seeing what I can learn about chicken psychology.
Having observed my chickens for several years I knew they pecked with different amounts of force but I never paid attention to all of the different types of pecks. The author does an excellent job of explaining the characteristics of each pecking type. So much so that I can immediately recall seeing some of the same behaviors in my flock. I will be watching closer now and I expect I will better understand my flocks behavior even more moving forward.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article and learned a lot about the way my flocks interact with me and with their flockmates. I am still wondering what the meaning is behind the scrape. Several of my pullets do this to my palm when I am handfeeding them. Are they just looking for the good stuff or is there a deeper meaning behind this? Thank you for a wonderful article!
I often am playfully criticized by family and friends for my descriptions of observations of my flock behaviors. It is refreshing to read of your observation of subtle differences in a simple (not really) action like a peck. Much is to be learned by simple observation on many levels with animals and people. Thanks for such a thoughtful and enlightening article.
Wonderful article. As usual, Shadrach has taken a thorough look at behavior (in this case, pecking) with a scientific approach. I enjoyed reading about behaviors I have seen in my own flock, and other behaviors I have not had the privilege to witness, since I do not have roosters and I do confine my flock to a run when I can’t be out with the dog to deter predators. Thank you for taking the time to share your observations!