Can someone explain this chicken behavior?


In the Brooder
10 Years
Jun 9, 2009
Over the past week or so I began noticing that my pullets-I have fiveand all are about 12 weeks-will periodically and briefly joust each other and then go about their business as though nothing just happened. My first thought was that they are establishing whose the boss, the pecking order, without actually throwing any blows. I also noticed my leghorn seems to be the leader and always appears the most intimidating in these encounters. Can anyone shed any light on this behavior?

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