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Pecking order or B*tchy hen?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by babychickfarmer, May 24, 2007.

  1. babychickfarmer

    babychickfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    So I have noticed that when I hoold a pullet and they scream that one of my hens ANNALISE(she's about a year old) comes over and just watches ....then as soon as I put someone down she'll run after them and either flap her wings and fluff her feathers or she'll peck them and rip some feathers out. Is that ust part of pecking order or what? She seems to do it to all the pullets everytime I set them down but only if they made a lot of noise in my arms. :[​IMG]
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    [​IMG] Strange... Maybe she thinks you're HER "rooster"?
  3. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    I've noticed that also. I'm only venturing a guess here as to the reason...
    Because the one you are holding is fussing, Annalise probably thinks that you are exerting your dominance. Perhaps she views herself right under you in the pecking order, so she is just taking the opportunity to reinforce that idea to the one you just put down.

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