Pecking order behavior?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jeffross1968, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    I have 4 youngin's around twelve weeks of age. Over the last week, I've noticed that they are doing this hilarious bit while in the coop...they'll chase each other around a bit, and then stop only an inch from each other, fluff out their feathers, and stand beak to beak, sometimes for a minute! Then they relax, walk around a bit, and repeat, over and over again. Funny to watch. Seems someone will always back down right at the point where a fight might start [​IMG]
     
  2. kesali

    kesali Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are the same age as yours and have started doing the same thing. This is my first year with chickens, but I think they are establishing the pecking order. I haven't been able to determine exactly who is the head one is yet.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Yep, they are challenging each other to determine who's going to be higher in the pecking order. The first one to back down loses.
     
  4. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
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    Quote:Ok, good. Funny thing to watch. Guess they'll have to go through all this again when they are added to the older flock.
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    They are play fighting, posturing, and preparing for grown up life.
     

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