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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by peartreehens, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. peartreehens

    peartreehens In the Brooder

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    So my 8 girls are 17-19 weeks old. In the last couple of weeks, they've started to revisit the pecking order--squabbling and posturing, occasionally jumping at each other. It's never the top two ladies, or the bottom few, just the middle-of-the-pack girls bugging each other and sometimes the girls lower on the list. Once or twice they've engaged the alpha gals, but get quickly put in their places. Is this kind of normal when they're getting ready to lay? (I have one laying (who's way at the bottom of the pack) and we're still waiting on the rest) . . . They're mostly in a 100 sqft run, and a 20 sqft coop, but come out to play for supervised time in the yard. Plenty of food and water and shade.
    thanks in advance
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

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    Two words: raging hormones.
     
  3. peartreehens

    peartreehens In the Brooder

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    That was my guess, but I'm new to this and wanted backup. Thanks!
     

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