Tag Archives: Pecking

How to introduce new chickens to my existing flock?

I have read much about the topic of introducing new chickens to an existing flock and there are several schools of thought out there on how to approach this. One is to ‘introduce’ the new chickens during the night while the others are sleeping. When they wake up in the morning they’ll be less aware of new chickens on the premises. Some suggest hang a treat (like a head lettuce) in the chicken coop — just above the reach of the chickens — and that distraction helps […]

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What is pecking order?

All social animals are ‘status seekers’, and chickens are no exception. Many times you’ll see hens pecking or bullying other chickens in their flock. This is a natural occurrence and is a way that chickens establish their pecking order. Pecking order, and as the term implies, is established by using their beaks. Pecking order rank determines the order in which chickens are ‘allowed’ to eat, drink, roost, choose nest boxes to lay eggs, dust bathe, crow and even mate. Each flock of chickens has their own established […]

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What are the winter chicken care mistakes I should avoid?

Well, these are some DON’Ts of winter chicken care:  Don’t keep waterers in the coop overnight. It causes moisture and dampness. Moisture inside a cold coop causes frostbite. Moreover, chickens will only be sleeping at night, there is no need to put water in the coop overnight. Moving the feeders and waterers outside of the coop will help encourage your chickens to come outside during the day. Getting outside and getting exercise and fresh air is important for your chickens. Don’t let your water freeze. Making sure […]

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