Are they just establishing the pecking order?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Willow's Meadow, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. Willow's Meadow

    Willow's Meadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes two of the 17 chicks I have will race at each other, stare each other in the face and jump up and down at each other(its actually REALLY funny!!!!!). Why are they doing this? I accidently got an extra roo....so the two roos do that often, but the pullets do it too.
     
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Yup, it's pecking order tactics. And it IS pretty funny to watch, as long as it doesn't get physical!
     
  3. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is a game called if you don't back down I'll beat you up, aka I'm telling you I'm the boss, aka I'll eat your lunch and then you for desert.

    They are vying for the post of top chicken, he who blinks first loses.
     
  4. MammaMoose

    MammaMoose Out Of The Brooder

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    It is cute and is their way of seeing who's the "queen" of the castle. It's really funny when they run at each other and then chest bump.
     
  5. alaskachick

    alaskachick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My leghorn girls got testy with the new roo. I watched him as he taught them a lesson. Feathers were flying.
     
  6. Willow's Meadow

    Willow's Meadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its hilarious! Who knew CHICKENS could be funny???? That was one of the biggest surprises for me!
     
  7. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    yup! no reason to panic. Just watch and enjoy. It's pretty funny sometimes.
     
  8. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    Willow's Meadow :

    Quote:I know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its hilarious! Who knew CHICKENS could be funny???? That was one of the biggest surprises for me!

    That wont be the last time they make you laugh! they are natural comedians! [​IMG]
     
  9. Barry1963

    Barry1963 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two chicks, 6 weeks, one a barred rock and the other a RIR. Theyre always play fighting like that but at the end of the day they cuddle up and all is well...lol
     

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