Chest bumping only when Free Ranging?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chocobo, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2011
    I have two Buff Orpingtons and one Easter Egger that are 18 weeks old.
    I have never once seen them actually fight or even seriously peck at each other. After some of the horror stories I've read here I'm convinced I have the most well behaved chickens in the world. [​IMG]
    Inside their 10 x 4 tractor they act normal but AS SOON as I open the door to let them free range they come charging out like their coop was on fire and then the head BO and the Easter Egger do the chest bump thing where the hackles raise and they see who is taller.
    The Easter Egger always backs down and there is never actually any contact made or even squawking and everything goes back to normal.
    It seems to me to be a pecking order thing but why would they only do this when free ranging? I have never seen them do this even once when in their tractor.
    They still get along great and I'm not worried, just curious.
  2. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2010
    they are just feeling good and enjoying the room to run! Mine do all sorts of fluffing and flapping...just getting the night kinks out!
  3. Dutchess

    Dutchess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:x2 Mine do the same!
  4. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2011
    Eastern Kansas
    yup, just having a good time.

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