Will the pecking order change as chickens age?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Pheonix, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. Pheonix

    Pheonix Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 11, 2010
    San Jose, Ca
    I have a few 4 month old EE and Silkies and when I got a 1 year old she came in and took over. I was wondering if one of the 4 month olds might take over when they get full size.

  2. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    hollister, florida
    it could happen but most likely not. the head of my flock is gary (4 year old hen) the bottom is penelope. i added chickens into the flock last year and they went to the middle but everyone of them treats penelope the same they are all above her. it wont be a problem for them the oldest is usually at the top.
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    It rarely changes, unless something happens to disrupt the order - like adding more birds, as you have found out. If you have a roo amongst your juvenile birds he will probably grow up and take over.

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