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#TECHNOTIPS: Chickens Pecking Order
by Catheryn Villorente - Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 10:07 AM
Chicken pecking orderChickens govern themselves through the pecking order. Bigger and stronger chickens bully their way to the top by pecking others into submission. This is done on their early ages to reinforce who is in-charge. The order also determines which among the flock gets access to food, water, and comfortable places in the coop.

The chicken at the top of the order has a special role in the flock. It keeps constant watch for predators, and is often an expert in sniffing out food sources. Roosters are always the top chicken. However, in a female-only flock, the strongest hen assumes the role. (Source: Applied Animal Behaviour Science Book, Vol 16, Issue 1, by Elsevier BV)

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