Another advantages of having dad around when your are a juvenile

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  1. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    My front porch flock made up of two hens, a rooster and thirteen chicks is demonstrating another advantage of having dad around. Normally when juveniles move around in intermingling groups, groups made up of larger / older birds dominate and displace the smaller birds. When dad is around, he drives off juveniles not of his flock enabling his to have first access to whatever resources are in contention. More resources may mean faster growth and better odds of surviving.
     
  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    My daughters would agree with this. [​IMG]
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    A.T. Hagan :

    My daughters would agree with this. [​IMG]

    Do you drive off competition or potential suitors?​
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Quote:Do you drive off competition or potential suitors?

    I worked on the suitors, but one eventually got by me. [​IMG]
     
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Quote:Do you drive off competition or potential suitors?

    Too young for suitors yet.

    But I'll drive them off too as needs be until one comes along to prove his worthiness by getting past me! [​IMG]
     

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