What happens when the top hen in the pecking order dies?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lillypurrs23, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. lillypurrs23

    lillypurrs23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our hen that was the first in the pecking order died this morning...my mom was talking about how they'll have to sort out the pecking order now....doesn't the 2nd hen in the pecking order usually take over?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    It's up for grabs. It is hard to tell how they will sort it out. Pecking order isn't static, as it changes from time to time anyhow.
     
  3. lillypurrs23

    lillypurrs23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I couldn't imagine the hen that is (was) #2 in the pecking order not taking over, though. She's a rather scary hen xD
     

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