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  1. mockingbird
    I have not had this experience. This year I had a black broody raising splash and blue, and a splash broody raising different intensities of blue one almost black.) I keep all three colors in my flock and although they have a definite pecking order it does not seem to be color based.
    mockingbird, Aug 7, 2017
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  2. Cari C
    I buy misc chicks at my feed store, usually 2 or 3 of each breed and although they all live together, and eat together in harmony, they tend to hang out more with their own breed. It is so odd. I just bought 5 chicks, 2 Adalusians & 3 Cochins and they sleep in 2 separate piles. I thought it was a fluke when my first bunch did it 2 yrs ago.
    Cari C, Nov 26, 2017
  3. Liz Birdlover
    I noticed this behavior with Cockatiels years ago, when they had babies, if they produced a Lutino (red eyes, pale yellow or white feathers) they'd kill the baby...now how they knew a bald baby with closed eyes could tell what it would grow up to be is amazing. I'd have to pull the hatchlings, set up the brooder and handfeed/hand raise or give to another pair raising babies the same age that didn't care about what colors babies would be.
    Liz Birdlover, Jan 13, 2018
  4. Liz Birdlover
    I recently rescued 12 Ameraucanas, 1 was totally plucked bald. I nursed them all back to health, tended to boo boo's and set up a few "hospital cages" where 4 could recover in peace. The bald one started growing feathers, pure black. When all were well, I let them all be together, and they started picking on Pepper Sprout the black one.
    Liz Birdlover, Jan 13, 2018
  5. Liz Birdlover
    Well, she plucked right back, so if someone plucked out a feather of hers, she plucked out a feather of theirs. I put pinless peepers on all birds for 1 week, giving them all a rest from plucking and picking. Then I introduced mineral blocks, extra feeder, hanging cabbage and 2 hanging toys...an removed the pinless peepers. That was in September, and no one has picked on anyone else since, so I guess I lucked out that it worked. Pepper Sprout is still fully feathered and everyone seems happy.
    Liz Birdlover, Jan 13, 2018
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