pecking order

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by CraziChickLady, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. CraziChickLady

    CraziChickLady In the Brooder

    Sep 3, 2012
    North Carolina
    can the pecking order change? and does the way they go in the coop at night mean thats the way the pecking order goes?
  2. [​IMG] [​IMG] from washington state glad you joined us!
    Normally pecking order is established at a very young age among hatch mates. Once established among hens it stays the same, pecking order among roosters is also established at a young age but changes as one rooster is always trying to be the dominate one. I don't know about the pecking order as they go back to the coop at night. At my place the dominate hen is the last one to go in at night.
  3. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Songster

    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    I have a pretty small flock (5 birds) and no rooster and feel like the power fluctuates a little from time to time but mostly stays the same. My silkie, who is definitely always the low bird in the pecking is usually the last to go to bed.
  4. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Crowing

    Oct 24, 2009
    It usually stays the same, but it can change at times, for example, when a lower ranking hen goes broody and is rearing her chicks, she will get very aggressive and often this allows her to go up a lot in the pecking order. Also if a high up hen gets sick, she will drop in the pecking order once the others realise she is weaker.

    The order they go into the coop does not always show the order of the pecking order. It depends if the chickens want to get in in a hurry or not. All mine will pile in all over each other in a big squashed mob because they know there are treats in there!

    The real test of the pecking order would be to throw down a few meal worms. The higher ranking hens will dominate them, and the lower ones will have to stay on the outside and will get chased by the higher ones if they get too close to the pile of worms.
  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad to have you aboard. My chicken's pecking order is always changing from month to month, but they did all grow up together. I think going to the coop first just means who wants to get the best spot on the roost first.
  6. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Songster

    Jun 29, 2012
    Palmetto, Georgia
    Hi and [​IMG] So glad you joined us!!![​IMG]
  7. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Songster

    Aug 14, 2012
    paicines, ca.
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Welcome aboard. Sounds like others have addressed your question so let me just say [​IMG]!
  10. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

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