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Pecking Orders – Why Social Hierarchies are Important in Structuring Turkey Populations

Ben Franklin once noted, “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.” In the turkey world, individual birds are constantly questioning authority if you will, or testing the pecking order, attempting to establish dominance over other birds. Many turkey hunters have called up multiple gobblers and harvested one, only to see the other birds attack the downed bird. This behavior is a function of the pecking order, and the constraints that it puts on turkeys as they interact with each other.

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