scratching the ground

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by warren, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. warren

    warren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At what age do chicks start their little run, scratch and back step routine when they are looking for food?
    They even do it when the food is in a dish and plainly visible.
     
  2. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
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    If they wait until they are a week old to do this, they are late bloomers.
     
  3. DDRanch

    DDRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will be very interested in the more experienced folks on this site answering your question. I can tell you that All of my chicks started running around and scratching from the time I brought them home....about 1 week old.

    I have only one, a Delaware, at the bottom of the pecking order, who does a head bobbing and bowing, then backing up movements to most of the others and occasionally to me as well. I thought the lowered head and backing up was a sign of submission or protection. My other girls do not display this behavior........only the picked on one.

    What does it mean?

    Anne
     
  4. warren

    warren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am really surprised. I have only just noticed that mine do this. I thought that it was something to do with starting to lay as mine are about 21 weeks old. I must be very unobservant!
     

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