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Mixed Flock, Varying Personalities, Common?

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I am new to raising chickens and have learned so much from BYC since joining in January. My first flock of 8 pullets vary in age from 12-14 weeks old. Just hanging out waiting on our first egg in the next month or so. 

 

I have 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Easter Eggers, 1 brown Leghorn, 1 Black Silkie, 1 Lavender Orpington, and 1 Black Sexlink.

 

Their personalities are SO different. I am just curious if any of my observations are common for the specific breed, or just individual personalities to each chicken regardless of breed. I'd love to hear your own experiences with some of these breeds.  

 

Also, how can you tell who is the top of the pecking order? When is that established? I can only tell who is at the very bottom. 

 

Here are my breed observations. 

 

Barred Rocks- peck everything (buttons, sparkles, rings, hands. pants, shoes, etc) curious, not afraid. Fell asleep in our hands as chicks but a little more aggressive now. 

Easter Eggers- fairly smart, keep a safe distance but aren't the last to come over to investigate, my older one seems to keep an eye out for dangers for the flock

Brown Leghorn- very skittish, fast, flies high, does not come near

Silkie- calm, friendly, will let you hold her, slow, cute, bottom of pecking order but no one is mean to her

Lavender Orpington- friendly, calm, beautiful, not eager to come over but comes eventually

Black Sexlink- very very smart. comes over first but is friendly, never pecks at people, allows you to pick her up

 

What are your experiences?

 

Here are some pictures from a few weeks ago for fun!

 

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post #2 of 6
There are certain traits that are breed traits and some are an individual trait. You have described most of the traits that are common for those breeds.

Pecking order is probably established by now, but it can change and is never permanent. Your top hen will be the first to eat, have the best roost spot and everyone will move out of way. So throw out some scratch or favorite treat and see who seems to be controlling things.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Observation is good...keep it up, couple it with some common sense about animals in general and you'll learn a bunch. 

Nice little flock....pecking order is fluid and can change at any time as they mature and start to lay.

Silkie at a distinct disadvantage because of general docility and the inability to see very well.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Thank you both. How does the Silkie find it's food and water, I've often wondered how she sees anything. 

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She's probably mostly memorized stuff as well as being able to see some what. I will usually give my crested birds a haircut so their sight is improved. Being the only silkie in a group of large breeds she could end up pecked and bullied. Your birds are young yet, but look for such behavior as they begin to lay and become moody and territorial with maturity.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Thank you. I will keep an eye out. My daughter would have the silkie in her bedroom, if given the option. What a sweetheart. 

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