pecking order is basically a staring contest. The chickens stare straight at each other and whichever bird looks away first is lower in the order.
John Polk wrote:
If you don't stoop to his level, he will quietly walk away after he has determined that you are the king, and will not likely challenge you again. We are the humans, so why should we lower ourselves to their level to play this game?
I guess i am a jerk, but if roosters show aggressive behavior on a consistent basis, i eat 'em.
We also have varying degrees of ability to speak "chicken".
I speak cat and dog but am still learning chicken.