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8 week old higher in pecking order than adult?

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

  1. SilkieCanada

    SilkieCanada Songster

    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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