Pecking order question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by m1marin, Nov 2, 2016.

  1. m1marin

    m1marin Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 2, 2016
    San Leandro
    Hi everyone. We've been observing our 28 week old hens establish their pecking order lately. Once they started laying we noticed they became even more "food motivated". We saw something interesting happen around feeding time that we haven't heard about in any of the reading we've done. Their pecking order doesn't seem to be a linear hierarchy, but a circular order. Here's what I mean.

    We have 3 hens. A, B, and C for the sake of ease.

    A pecks B, B pecks C, C pecks A.

    We can't determine who is actually at the top of the order. Is this common? Or is it more likely that there is a top hen and we haven't been able to notice it?
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    They are still young and sorting things out.
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Shazam Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    There's always a top hen, but yours might be too young to have one strong leader yet as they aren't mature yet. It also could have something to do with keeping a smaller flock. If chickens have plenty of room and access to plenty of food, dominance doesn't get exhorted as strongly as when resources are limited.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Not every peck is part of the pecking order.

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