Your Questions: Answered

What is a pecking order? Why is it important?

The pecking order is the hierarchy of the flock and determines the “boss”.  Issues occur when introducing new chickens or if you have two equally dominant birds that fight for the top spot.  If this is the case you must monitor them to ensure they don’t fight and hurt each other whilst determining the pecking order, and be prepared to separate them if needed. 

Ensure there is plenty of space, food and water and provide additional distractions in the run such as hanging CDs, pecking blocks and perches or swings during this time.