Are chickens protective of each other? I say yes.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MixedFlock61, Oct 21, 2015.

  1. MixedFlock61

    MixedFlock61 Just Hatched

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    I will use my hens names so it is less confusing (forgive me, my granddaughter named them not me lol) Hairball and Gladys were pecking on Elle, to my amazement Rosie (the biggest hen in my flock) jumped up onto the roost, put her wing over Elle and Rosie pecked at the other hens when they came by Elle. I have a video of this but don't know how to upload the video. [​IMG]
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Generally a rooster will mediate such disagreements, if no rooster is around sometimes a hen will take the job.
     
  3. MixedFlock61

    MixedFlock61 Just Hatched

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    It was just strange to see her put her wing over the other one. The top two dominant ones were the mean ones here and one of the submissives protected her. Pretty awesome.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Chickens are quite amazing, that's why watching them is one of my favorite things, you don't see that kind of stuff unless you watch for a long time, they are way more complex than most people give them credit for.
     

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