Are easter eggers picked on more because they are so docile?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by shaylee, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. shaylee

    shaylee In the Brooder

    Jun 4, 2008
    Hamilton, Il
    I have several easter eggers with my mix of chickens (buff orpington, cochins, various banties, RIR, etc) Are they picked on more, maybe not allowed to eat like the others? I notice all my chickens seem to be very fit and great, but the easter eggers seem to be more behind and not as healthy built as the others. None are sick, but I just took 2 of them and put them in their own pen with a bowl of cooked eggs, oats, flax, and some cereal and fruit. They started gobbling it right up. My chickens have a 20 by fifty plus area outside and are never confined in their building. They come and go as they please, have constant supply of water, especially now that I made two 5 gallon waterers for them, have food available at all times. They are kept very clean, no animals stressing them out either. I got them as babies in Feb/March. I am making a tractor just for that breed this weekend, but can they be getting bullied by the others. The two I pulled today are pullets. Thanks in advance.
  2. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    I'm not sure. I've heard EEs are much more dominant than Orps. I would think your buff would be on the bottom of the pecking order, if that was the case...

    Someone else will help, I'm sure, but I wanted to wish you good luck on finding a solution. [​IMG]
  3. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    my EE's can definately hold their own
  4. shaylee

    shaylee In the Brooder

    Jun 4, 2008
    Hamilton, Il
    Maybe it is because these two were probably in the last batch from the farm store and they are a bit smaller. I dunno. I separated them for the next couple of days and will feed them special. I dont want to loose them.
  5. Grindlefamily

    Grindlefamily Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    Fairfield, ME
    my EE is higher on the ladder than my buff - but they are both the oldest and tend to be in charge so far.

  6. JimnJanet

    JimnJanet Songster

    Jan 29, 2008
    S.W Pa.
    My 'canaus are BRUTAL, in the past 4 months they have killed 3 o' thier own and they are all (but two layers) under 5 months of age.
  7. krjwaj

    krjwaj Songster

    Jul 7, 2008
    Apex, NC
    my EE is higher on the ladder than my buff - but they are both the oldest and tend to be in charge so far.

    I second that. We have 'twin' araucunas and they seem to be just a little more in charge then the others. The Buff though, likes to roost and fly a little more than them.

    But they are all happy together. Our youngest, we were told is an araucuna also,(although she looks so different than the others) is more docile and stays back a little more. She also seems to 'cry' the most.​
  8. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    I have two EE pullets in my mixed flock of 11 pullets, two older hens and two young roos. They hold their own just fine. The two buffs seem to be the most likely to be pushed around but that's rare.
  9. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    We're "chicken sitting" for neighbors & their ameraucanas are the lowest ranked chickens. It seems to go
    #1 black star
    #2-3 RIR
    #4-6 'caunas

    Our BR seems to be #1 but the black star is a close second.
  10. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    My Buffs are the flock leaders for sure. They push around the RIR's - two of which are older than they are - the BSL's and the two new EE's. My EE's get picked on because they are the youngest but I think they will be just fine. My BSL's have always been hated by the rest of my flock.

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