8 week old higher in pecking order than adult?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SilkieCanada, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. SilkieCanada

    SilkieCanada Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2011
    Well I just watched my innocent little 8 week old silkie peck my 2 year old hen. The two year old hen backed down and ran away. I introduced the 8 week old to my flock 2 days ago. Is that normal for a baby to chase away the adult?

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  2. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca
    WOW!!!! [​IMG] She's got that "don't mess with me" look on her face.
  3. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

    Aug 20, 2010
    My very very limited experience with the 5 week olds I have now is that hens can be amazingly tolerant of the babies. Give it another week and she might not be running any more. I had a 4 week old challenge my top hen and while she didn't run or anything, she let it go a LOT longer than I'd have expected her to before even giving it the stink eye.

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