Little One Stages A Coup!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jasmine130, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. Jasmine130

    Jasmine130 In the Brooder

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    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.

    -Jasmine
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2011
  2. AKsmama

    AKsmama Songster

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    Pecking order is a fluid thing and changes a good bit.
     
  3. Pinky

    Pinky Songster

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    New birds and new layers can upset and change the pecking order.
     
  4. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

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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.
     
  5. elmo

    elmo Crowing

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    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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