Question regarding pecking order

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by City-Chickee, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. City-Chickee

    City-Chickee Chirping

    Sep 28, 2014
    Des Moines, IA
    I've read that pecking order can start as early as when they are baby chicks - if this is true, if you have multiple breeds in one flock does it seem like the largest ones always become highest in the hierarchy? For instance, with the breeds I am receiving the Buff Orpington will be the largest when full grown - does that necessarily mean she'll be hen leader? Just curious what other people have experienced. Thanks!
  2. btguy

    btguy Chirping

    Dec 19, 2013
    North Mississippi
    personality has more to do with it. the largest of my girls are 3 buff brahma, excluding my two olive eggers who seem to be completely outside the pecking order (they dont lord it over anyone but even the roo wont get in their way) the top of the pecking order is two fbcm who take it on themselves to boss everyone around. the fbcm i got were so aggressive that i ate all the males despite wanting to keep one... the females have been tolerable. of course size helps. they tried to establish themselves over the roo when he first showed up and that just didnt turn out for them lol.

  3. City-Chickee

    City-Chickee Chirping

    Sep 28, 2014
    Des Moines, IA
    Very interesting! That makes sense, so the personalities of the hens makes a difference - if they are more aggressive their "ranking" will probably be higher. Thank you.
  4. youngchooklover

    youngchooklover Crowing

    Feb 10, 2013
    yo momma
    No way a lot of my small hens are more higher then the bigger ones like Plymouth Rocks and Sussexs and my little bantams still stay on top.
    But being bigger will help when fighting.
  5. DanEP

    DanEP Songster

    May 15, 2010
    Cadiz Ky
    It's all attitude, I've never had a buff orp who was on top of the pecking order.
  6. song of joy

    song of joy Crowing

    Apr 22, 2012
    Central Pennsylvania
    Last year, my flock consisted of 5 hens: 2 BO, 1 RIR, 1 black australorp and 1 barred rock. The BO were in positions 2 and 5 in the pecking order.

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