pecking order

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by DaveK88, May 18, 2011.

  1. DaveK88

    DaveK88 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 23, 2011
    Killingly Ct.
    Just wondering around what age does the pecking order begin? I went out to let the girls out this morning and when I opened the coop they were chasing each other around more aggresivly than normal. they are 8 weeks old now. Thanks in advance for any input.
  2. TinkleTurkey

    TinkleTurkey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2010
    as far as what I've seen, pecking order begins after a couple weeks - theres always competition for food and water (or so they think)
    When I put my hand in the brooder, seems like theres always one that runs up and sticks out his chest - as if to say, "HEY! What's the meaning of this!"
    Last edited: May 18, 2011
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Pecking order begins from day one in the brooder together. At times there are adjustments - needed and made, like if a member is removed or new members added, if a member is sick, broody or becoming aged to the point of not being able to hold onto their spot. Also, as cockerels mature into roos and pullets get closer to laying age there is some shuffling on the pecking order done.

    The flock as a whole has a pecking order, with the alpha rooster at the top. Any other rooters will be at the bottom, below the hens even. In addition to that main pecking order, roosters have a seperate pecking order amongst themselves.
    Last edited: May 18, 2011

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