Little One Stages A Coup!


In the Brooder
9 Years
Oct 15, 2010
Redwood City, California
I've been raising chooks for only a few months and have been enjoying it tremendously.

I have a question regarding pecking order: Does the order change?

In my suburban microflock, this has been the pecking order:

First chooks who arrived together:

1.Celeste (standard, salmon fave)
2. Rosie (standard, EE)

I added:

3. Tina (bantam silkie)

Then added:

4. Oprah (bantam, black mottled cochin)

Lately Tina has been bossing Rosie around. Today, Tina is rushing Celeste, feathers flying, squawkers squawking.

Everyone is laying except Oprah, I think she'll be laying soon.

So do chooks change their pecking order? If so, what inspires these coups? That little Tina is a feisty one.

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I had an alpha hen that was a White Leghorn, but then introduced a Black Orpington to the group, and for the first 2 days, those hens went at it. I know believe the Orpington is the alpha hen. SOO, yes it changes a lot. Especially when introducing new girls to the flock.
Yes. Chicken society is really a lot more complex than we realize at first. I call it my chicken soap opera.

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