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Seeing the pecking order

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by seafood, May 12, 2008.

  1. seafood

    seafood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our 10 chicks are 8 weeks old now and I would guess the pecking order is established to some degree.

    One of our 10 turned out to be a roo...so obviously he is probably at the top. Although he is EASILY the friendliest of all the chicks, and does not display tons of "cock fighting" or other rooster dominance.

    By what I can tell the other 9 are all hens. 3 brown leghorns, 2 BO, and 3 Barred Rocks. The leghorns are flighty and very nervous and seem to be at the bottom of the totem pole/pecking order.

    There is one BR that asserts herself quite a bit. Other than that I have not been able to determine the official pecking order.

    What kind of things do you look for to figure this puzzle out?

    I have three, tiered roosts. Right now 8 squeeze themselves onto the top roost and 2 others sit on top of the door that is next to the roosts. When full grown there is no way all 8 will be able to roost there...so that may communicate something but as of now mot much.

    Thanks for any ideas.
     

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