Jane Goodall watches chimps and observes interesting interactions and behaviors. I watch my chickens and observe the same and I would like to think that I am just as legitimate. I honestly believe that chicken interaction is every bit as fascinating as that of any other social animal group.
One thing I’ve noticed with my flock is that two chickens occasionally form a bonded pair. They hang around together, act in each other’s interest in their interactions with other members of the flock, and roost together every night – it is the chicken version of BFF’s.
One of my chicken pairs is Maran and Carmen Maranda the Cuckoo Marans. They were part of a small group of chicks I brought home from Murray McMurray Hatchery in the spring of 2014. They were the only two Marans in the group and they bonded. Somehow they seemed to be tuned into the fact that there was another chickens that looked just like they did. In the late summer of that year they were introduced to the larger flock. There was the usual kerfuffle as the pecking order became re-established and each hen defended her place in the order of things. During that process Carmen and Maran had each other’s backs. If, for example, Jennifer would come up and start pecking at Maran, Carmen would be in Jennifer’s face. By joining forces they moved about half way up the pecking order and that’s where things are at today. At night, most of the hens roost on the big roost. But Carmen and Maran roost by themselves on a smaller roost off to the side. BFF’s for sure!
|Carmen Maranda and Maran the Cuckoo Marans|