Pecking Order

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by 8egglayers, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. 8egglayers

    8egglayers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 8 hens. I'm trying to figure out which one is at the top of the pecking order. Is that possible?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Yes, but it will involve a lot of time watching your flock. It's the one to which all the others defer.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    As sourland said, you have to pay close attention. The best way to tell is with food. Who eats first and is never pecked away from treats? Which hens yield to another hen before she eats? If you have an established rooster, he's the top of the pecking order.
     

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