A good side to the pecking order?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ckhd, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. ckhd

    ckhd In the Brooder

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    I was in my yard watching my cockerel and my pullet (the two on the very bottom of the pecking order). They were about 20 feet away from the rest of the flock looking for tasty eats. A pigeon decides he wants to eat in the same area.

    The cockerel isn't going to have it. He goes after the pigeon with an intent to kill, said pigeon flies away looking for easier eats.

    Several minutes later, one of those little whatever birds gets the same idea. The cockerel runs it off the first time, but the little bird is persistent. The pullet then spends the next 1 1/2 to 2 minutes chasing this little bird until it decides the meal is not worth it and flies away.

    Maybe a part of the pecking order is running off food competitors. What do you think?
     
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  2. adstowe

    adstowe Songster

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    I think that was just normal resource guarding. They had food and didn't have any intention of sharing.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Ditto Dat^^^
    Pecking order is just about the flocks hierarchy.
     
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  4. If the pecking order was not about hogging all the vittles or other resources, then why do the good folks on this forum always advise that you maintain multiple feed and watering stations to help those chickens unfortunate enough to find themselves huddled at the bottom of the pecking order.

    If you can go out and spread a little shelled corn on the ground in and amongst 100 or so hens and pullets you will quickly get a good idea about how in the chicken world those who can, rule and those who are incapable of ruling must learn to live with it.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Making Coffee

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    Since they are younger birds there might be a bit of play to the behavior as well. I watch my young ones a week ago chasing a blue Jay that apparently was having fun dive bombing them. They were all under the spruce trees. It looked like play behavior to me on all their parts. There was lots of extra leaps and circle running. Made me laugh. :)
     
  6. Yes, play like a couple of wolf pups play with each other.
     
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  7. ckhd

    ckhd In the Brooder

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    Hadn't thought of the play side of it. It just looked to me that the "pecking order" and "resource guarding" both looked exactly like chasing a smaller/weaker bird away from their stuff/space...
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    They are ...kinda.....depends on if the bird chased away is part of the flock or not.
     
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