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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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