Pecking! Not all pecks are equal.

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Thank you.
i thought pecking just always equalled either fighting or eating, thank you for this interesting well researched article! :wee
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Thank you for reading it.
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...
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Thanks for reading and rating the article. The curve gets steeper the more you watch.
I always like reading about other people’s experiences with their own chickens, it’s also a good way to gauge if your chickens are “normal”. Thanks for the article!
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Thanks for reading and rating the article.
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. :)
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Thanks for reading the article. It's the grab I would like many on this forum to identify. I read lots of hysterical posts about people saying they got aggressively pecked by a rooster but I believe that these roosters are in fact trying to mate with their keepers.
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.
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Thanks for reading and rating Bob.
I love it when an article goes in depth and teaches me something new. This one surely did that! Fascinating!
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Thanks for reading the article. I hope to extend the article to cover a couple more.
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!
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Thanks for reading the article. Upload a video one day and tag me.
I didn't realize they had all those sensations in their beaks.
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Thanks for reading the article.
Not many people do realise it seems from the beak clipping advice I've read.
Even if not "dignified" with Latinate names, the description of pecks, times and places for them, their meanings and uses, are all new found ground in the study of Cycens. Ever onward...
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Thanks for reading the article. I didn't do Latin at school ;)
I enjoyed reading through all of the descriptions and learned several things! Nice article!
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Thank you for reading the article.
Really enjoyed this article. Quite thorough & informative!
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I'm sure there are many pecks styles I've missed but it's a start.
This article is essential reading on chicken pecking behavior that many books on chickens don't cover in-depth. I wish I would have seen it sooner!
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Thank you for reading a reviewing the article.
Many with Hens eating eggs should read about the investigation peck!
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Thanks for reading the article. I should have mentioned egg pecking.
This article is a critical look at how everything has a purpose and an appropriate response. Next time I give my hubby a peck on the cheek, I’ll analyze my intentions!
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.
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Thanks you for reading the article. There is only so much one can learn from laboratory experiments.
Eventually one has to try and study the subject in the conditions in which it is kept. The debate then becomes can such behaviours still be considered as natural and how much influence the observer has on such behaviours.
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Thanks for reading the 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!
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Thanks for reading the article. I know you watch your flock so you should be able to identify some of the pecks. I'm pretty sure there are more that could be classified.
That was very interesting and informative, I'm going to share this with my teen (and co-chicken-keeper). Thank you!
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Thank you for reading the article. I hope your teen enjoys it.
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