Pullets bumping chests together??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Urbanchickens, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. Urbanchickens

    Urbanchickens In the Brooder

    May 23, 2007
    I noticed 2 of my pullets (approx 21 wks old) bumping chests this morning. Goldie fluffed out her feathers and ran at Felicity who then fluffed up and they began bumping chests several times (like sumo wrestlers!). They've been together for 4 months now so I assumed they had the pecking order established.

    Any ideas what this is about?
  2. siz8003

    siz8003 Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    All my chickens do that i think it is a pecking order thing and to me its funny
  3. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Songster

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    All chickens have to protect their rank in the pecking order.
    Just as the alpha roo has to keep those beneath him in line,
    so does the dominant hen.
  4. JenniferJoIN

    JenniferJoIN Songster

    Sep 10, 2007
    Southern Indiana
    My chicks are only 3 weeks old and do this! They fluff up and fly at each other and stretch their necks as tall as they can go. Poor things probably think they're being intimidating! [​IMG]
  5. ndngirl

    ndngirl Hatching

    Aug 6, 2007
    San Antonio
    Mine do that too, especially when we let them out to roam the yard! It looks so funny, and the accompanying squawk is even better!

    We have 6, 3 of which are a month older than the others. The top 2 'big girls' seem to each aspire to be top bird, even though they had established that in the very beginning. I guess it's an ongoing contest.

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