Chicken Wrestling?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wsdareme, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. wsdareme

    wsdareme Songster

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    Every night when The Girls head into their house and onto the roosts, it is the biggest fiasco you have ever seen. Several hens will be sitting quietly, and another hen will decide that she wants to sit between hen A and hen B. She marches over the top -- kind of reminds you of old-time wrestling where they guy is stomping the other guy's face into the mat -- hens fall of the roost onto the poop board, and chaos ensues for a time. There is a lot of squawking and carrying on before everybody seems to get where they like and settle down for the night. Still, instead of everyone spreading out (they have 24' of roosts for 12 hens for heaven's sake), they're piled on top of each other and look very uncomfortable. Sometimes they'll roost in the same order and locations (on one end or the other, front or back roosts) and sometimes it's just a random arrangement. Do your chickens do this, too? Is this normal behavior?? It's pretty comical to watch! [​IMG]
     
  2. Annabella

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    They seem to always want the best spot and you know that it is
    always the spot someone else is roosting in!! [​IMG]
    Are they still fairly young?? If so might settle as they get a little older.
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

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    I have a good size chicken house with 11 hens that roost there. All my hens are over 1 year old, most 2.5 years old and 2 that are 5 years old. Every night they jockey for position. The 2 five year old hens dont have competition for their respective roosts, but the rest of them are always squawking and picking to get the next best spots. They eventually settle down and go to sleep. It's a pecking order thing lol.
     
  4. featherbaby

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    Sounds an awful lot like Congress.


    HA!
     
  5. dawg53

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    You got that right featherbaby!! LOLOLOL!!
     
  6. wsdareme

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    Quote:They're 14 weeks, so pretty big but still teenagers... [​IMG]
     
  7. gryeyes

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    Oh, 14 week old chickens have a LOT of wrangling left to do about pecking order. Wait until the hormones really kick in.
     
  8. wsdareme

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    Quote:You mean it's going to get WORSE??

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