How much pecking is normal?
Hi, suburban chicken owner here. My household has recently came into ownership of 5 chickens: 2 mature layers, 2 pullets and 1 six week old chicken. None of these chickens are related but they've already split into groups based on their age.
I've been worrying about the smallest chick being bullied as it is at the bottom of the pecking order, but I have never had any experience owning chickens before so I'm really unsure how much pecking is considered normal. So far no blood has been spilled but I don't want to use that as a "benchmark". I'm getting a bit paranoid!
Please will someone tell me, in detail, how much pecking of one another I should expect, especially for the chicken on the bottom of the pecking order? also please tell me where the line is and how do I know when it's been crossed?