Dominance Dance?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rpchris, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. rpchris

    rpchris Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks are now 2 weeks old. For the past couple of days they have been engaging each other in a strange dance. They charge each other with wings flapping and bump chests and then eye each down. Or they flap, fly and land on some unsuspecting member usually when their back is turned. There's a whole lot of squawking and posturing going on.

    I assume they are working out their dominance/pecking order. They aren't hurting each other but it is odd to watch.

    Is this normal behavior?
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    It's quite normal behavior. Chicks often "play" at showing dominance. I do believe chicks establish a pecking order too.
     
  3. VAgal

    VAgal Out Of The Brooder

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    We only have 3 right now, thanks to a mess up by the hatchery, but they are the same age and doing the same thing. I was also wondering if this was normal. Glad it is!
     
  4. larsonll

    larsonll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine started that at your chick's age too. They are fine. I think it is pecking order behavior.
     

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