Can 2 Roosters Swap Leader???

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Forever Green, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. Forever Green

    Forever Green In the Brooder

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    I've kept 2 roosters )plus several hens) for over 2 years now. One is an EE and the other a Buff Orphington. The Buff has been the #1 since day 1. The EE has followed the flock far behind, but is allowed to be part of the flock by #1 Buff, and occasionally gets to see some hen action.

    All of a sudden, #2 EE has found new status and is #1 Roo. After 2 years, the Buff now runs from the EE. I live in Ohio, so they have been cooped up due to snow, my birds won't step feet on ground where there is snow. They have occasionally had a spat over the years, but we can quickly break them up and they go back to their normal pecking order.

    Can roos swap leadership roles, even after 2 years in the same pecking order?
     
  2. AKsmama

    AKsmama Songster

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    Absolutely. Pecking order is somewhat fluid. I have 5 roos and their pecking order changes a good bit.
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    The pecking order is an ever changing thing. Once they start free ranging again, do not be surprised if the Orpington tries to regain dominance.
     

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