Pecking Order

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Syryn, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. Syryn

    Syryn New Egg

    Feb 28, 2014
    Hello BYC,

    I'm a newbie when it comes to raising chickens. I have a question on the pecking order. I have 4 chicks that I got together and they all have been getting along fine. I recently purchased 2 more a Buff Orpington and a Silver Wyandotte. When I put them in the brooder one of my chicks, Kona went berserk and started chasing the Wyandotte down. Kona would not stop pecking her for the first few minutes and is keeping a close eye on the one Wyandotte ever since then. It has not touched or even given a second glance to the Buff Orpington.

    They're just establishing the pecking order, right? Or should I be worried?

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    It's all about dominance - you should be worried if blood is being drawn or the Wyandotte is not getting enough to eat or drink.
  3. chrissy903

    chrissy903 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2014
    My four month old rooster pecks the ladies
    sometimes I have to remind him whose boss[​IMG]. It is all about dominance, he's tough guy!
  4. lilwhitechick

    lilwhitechick Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 9, 2014
    Yup. its fine. my chickens have one too. i have a laying hen, a nearly laying hen and a 10 week chick.

    the laying hen- friends with chick, not friends with Other hen
    un laying hen- 50/50 with laying hen, enimies with chick
    chick- tries to be friends with un lsying hen, is friends with laying hen
  5. Syryn

    Syryn New Egg

    Feb 28, 2014
    Thanks for the help. I figured I was worrying over nothing but had to be sure. They seem to be getting along now and hopefully it will stay that way. :)
  6. birdlady79

    birdlady79 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2014
    West Tennessee
    Im a newbie as well, I had 1 EE and 1 BO a couple days old, then added 1 BR and 1 Welsummer. At first the EE was a brat to the BO, now the roles have flipped. My BO is the brat, she would'nt leave the Welsummer alone, yesterday I seperated her from them with a divider made out of wire. She was so mad, but when I put her back in that night she stopped harassing the Welsummer. She still pecks a little but not the eyeballs and vent like she was. Some of it was pecking order but some of it was probably stress.

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