Breed Preference

ducklover13

Hatching
5 Years
May 3, 2014
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Our flock is very small and very new. Right now it consists of mixed breed chicken my husband got from someone he works with. For awhile it was with two other mixed breed chicks the guy gave us, but they both turned out to be roosters so he had to take them back due to our neighborhood ordinances. So anyway I ordered a buff orpington pullet and the two were alone in the coop for a few weeks. They seemed to be good buddies. Then I ordered some four week old buff orpington chicks and stuck them in the coop. I thought the mixed breed and the buff pullet were pretty attached to each other but the mixed one is pretty wild and heads off to roost in bushes when I open the coop door and now the pullet stays in the coop and hangs out with the chicks. And the 3 buffs do not go far from the coop at all. Do buffs pretty much stick together, is this common? Mixed hen seems to be odd hen out now! Just curious. I'm very new to chicken keeping. Thanks!
 

lazy gardener

Crossing the Road
7 Years
Nov 7, 2012
27,615
27,066
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CENTRAL MAINE zone 4B
Many people report that their breeds tend to hang together in the flock. And even birds of a certain color flock together. My roo is predjudiced against barred hens. But he's gonna have to adjust next year, cause I plan to start some Dom chicks.
 

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