pecking at other flock members feet on roost?!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DixieChick5, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. DixieChick5

    DixieChick5 New Egg

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    Hey Everyone. I am recently new to BYC and raising chickens.

    I have five 18 1/2 week White Leghorns. I'm pretty that only one of the five has been laying for a week now.

    Anyways back to my question.

    One of my girls has been pecking at the others feet and once saw her peck at another's plum while getting situated on the roost before they retire for the night. I obviously don't know if she is doing this while I'm not present.

    Should I be worried about this?

    I haven't seen any other bullying behavior. I'm thinking maybe she's just upset when the others are moving around to get situated and wants her space. Or maybe jealously when I'm in there. I'm a dork, but I try to say goodnight to them before they go to sleep.

    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

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  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is she drawing blood or pulling feathers? If not it is just her telling the others she wants them to move.
     
  3. DixieChick5

    DixieChick5 New Egg

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    I think the one time she went after the other plum it drew a tiny bit of blood it didn't notice it until the next day. Which I don't think was intentionally. It's almost as if they all try to fight over the best spot to get attention from me. They all will gently peck at one another's feathers as they're grooming.

    Thank you so much for the insight. I'm going to continue to monitor her behavior.
     

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