The Pecking Order

August 2, 2005

I was in a chicken house today (a "cage free" facility, by the way) and Bob the owner mentioned something about the "pecking order" of the hens.

I hadn't given the phrase much thought before.

"Pecking order?" I asked. "Do the birds really have that?"

He told me they do. The bigger, stronger chickens take the top perches on the highest platforms, and the weakest birds are on the bottom levels.

That's the pecking order.

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Next: The Future of Eggs

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