Have you ever witnessed the activity that takes place when chickens settle in for the night? I remember back when I observed our chickens' first nights in their coop and I was shocked at the ruckus. It is not a calm event, let me tell you!
There's a lot of noisy shuffling, pecking, jumping and biting while they all try to get their favorite spots on the roosts. You can really see the dynamic of the pecking order at nighttime.
Our head rooster, Cam, is usually at the highest roost right in the middle surrounded by his harem. The girls fight for spots next to Cam, with the older girls usually winning.
|Cam wouldn't stay still!|
Isis, one of the new pullets, has a really funny tactic on the roost. She basically buries her head underneath the chicken next to her. Maybe so she won't be seen and outed as one of the young girls all up in the old girls' territory? Not really sure why, but it's pretty funny.
I used to worry about them at night and felt bad for the ones who were forced to the less desirable spots on the roosts. Now I realize it's just a normal part of their nighttime routine and it's usually pretty funny to watch and see who ends up in the prized spots snuggled up next to Cam.
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