One of my chicks likes to peck at the tip of the others' tail feathers

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by scullybird, May 5, 2009.

  1. scullybird

    scullybird Out Of The Brooder

    May 5, 2009
    Corvallis, OR
    Hi, this my second post on this wonderful site!

    I have my first flock of five. They are 5 1/2 weeks.

    I have a leghorn, barred rock, RR, and two black stars.

    From day one, the leghorn ahs been top-chick. She's the one who advances to new items, comes to us when we open the kennel (their current indoor abode), and seems to be on the lookout for danger.

    She also seems to "groom" the other chicks a lot. When they started losing their fluff, she would pick at the loose fluff on the other chicks. Not pecking them, just pulling off the loose fluff.

    Now, as their tails grow longer, she also spends a lot of time pecking at the tips of their tails. Honest to god, it looks like she's trimming split ends. She doesn't pull, or peck at their bodies, just the very tips of the feathers.

    What's up with that?

    (I don't think they're stir-crazy--they go outside in a big run for 8-10 hours a day)

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