Can chickens get jealous of one another? Late Pecking Order?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Sandbellie, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. Sandbellie

    Sandbellie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went out to my coop this morning, and I said hello to everyone, fed and watered them. I picked up my Buff Orp, said hello, then put her down. When I put her down, my EE came over and started pecking my Orp, and was throwing her feet in the air at her. They are both females. So I went and separated them briefly, and the EE went back for more. So I picked the EE up and held her for a second, put her down, and she puffed herself out. The Orp obviously didn't want to fight.

    This has happened a few times, but its not a serious fight. I added the Orp, and three pullets to my flock in late September.

    So why is my EE showing aggression towards her, directly after I put the Orp down? Is she jealous? I didn't think it was the pecking order, since the Orp has been with us for awhile. I thought they already got this down!

    Thanks!
     
  2. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    mine have the odd scrap here and there, it doesnt usually last long though.
     
  3. Sandbellie

    Sandbellie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any other ideas?
     

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