stupid pecking order questions

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by operator16, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. operator16

    operator16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can I be the top hen? If I break up squabbles and relocate gals on the roost or give food out to the lower ranks first will they respect my decisions or am I kidding myself and they'll go right back to their own order once I walk away?

    If I spend time with the lower gals giving them treats first or extra lap time will that cause problems for them once I walk away?

    Do chickens get jealous?

    Do I have too much time on my hands?

    Silly questions, I know.
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    you can be top of the order when you are there... but someone will take your place when you walk away. Trust me.
     
  3. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should establish yourself as top bird (whether the hens will see you as hen or rooster, I don't know) and never accept any aggression towards yourself.

    You will certainly be able to establish some order amongst your girls whilst you are around, but I don't know what will happen when you walk away.

    A rooster will do the job better than you can unless you plan to spend all your day with them.

    Sandie
     
  4. operator16

    operator16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your thoughts. It's kind of what I thought. I appreciate your posts!
     
  5. birdsNbeesNseeds

    birdsNbeesNseeds Chillin' With My Peeps

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