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I'm curious as to why my 3 chickens perform a "fake chest-bump"  right after I let let out in the morning. Is it a form of greeting or other ritual?

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Have you had them long? Especially if they are new to each other, they use "the bump" to establish the pecking order.
We've had them about 16 weeks and there does not seem to be any backing down of any of them when they do this, so I was wondering how long it might continue. It doesn't bother me, just strikes me as really funny. Thanks for your response!

rachel whetzel said:
Have you had them long? Especially if they are new to each other, they use "the bump" to establish the pecking order.
If they are young, it might also be that you've got roosters starting to display roo behavior... but in my hens, they usually do it when they are eating, and "squabbling" over who gets the best food spot. :) I have one or two hens that seem to draw this reaction more than others, and I'm pretty sure they are at the bottom of the order. :) Sounds like everyone knows where they belong, since all you're seeing is the bumping, and not actual pecking. I think the way their neck feathers get all ruffled when they do it is funny. :)
Mine do this too.  It replaces the pecking behavior they did as chicks in a more confined space...I believe it is a way to assert themselves and establish dominance.  In a playful way, like goats bumping heads. My chickens are much less aggressive with each other since they got moved to their big run, but they still need to keep that pecking order in place!
I'm new at raising these hens. Thanks for all of your insight/comments! It makes sense now.

Marie Bryant said:
Mine do this too.  It replaces the pecking behavior they did as chicks in a more confined space...I believe it is a way to assert themselves and establish dominance.  In a playful way, like goats bumping heads. My chickens are much less aggressive with each other since they got moved to their big run, but they still need to keep that pecking order in place!

I'm really glad I checked out this thread! I just ordered my first chicks and it's good to know this is something that I'm going to have to watch out for!

Good luck with the new chicks. They're really fun to watch and they grow very quickly. You'll learn alot from the experience and the very helpful people in this group.

 

 

 



Cassandra said:

I'm really glad I checked out this thread! I just ordered my first chicks and it's good to know this is something that I'm going to have to watch out for!

I have watched my chickens do this as well.  I think its really funny cuz mine will start out mirroring each other with their movements then proceed into a chest bump.  I have one chick if it see two others doing this it will come running over and break it up.  And then you will see it doing it with another.  

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