Breeds sticking together

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Frannabelle, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. Frannabelle

    Frannabelle Songster

    Jun 1, 2009
    Just wonder if anyone else notices this....I have 2 month old chicks, 2 d'uccle, 2 bantam BR and 2 mixed bantam cochins. All 6 hang together, but I notice that like pairs with's very cute![​IMG]
  2. ZaneyMama

    ZaneyMama Songster

    Feb 2, 2010
    Boulder, Colorado
    Mine are 18 weeks and do that, too! I have no idea why, but they definitely do!
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    My two year old flock, LF brahmas, actually hang out by color - lights with lights, darks with darks, and buffs with buffs.
    With the week old chicks in the brooder it's mixed. I know the faverolles seem to hang together, two of the NNs are the baby flock leaders and are always looking for trouble to get into together. The other two NNs seem to do their own thing, sometimes mixing with the easter eggers. The speckled sussex hang out with the easter eggers, as does the one silkie. The other silkie, I'm convinced it's a cockerel, is in love with one of the speckled sussex. He follows her everywhere. Hate to break it to the little guy but she is seriously going to outgrow him.
  4. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Songster

    Sep 4, 2009
    Mine buddy up by (similar) color, as if they are trying to identify with hatch-mates.

    "Birds of a feather, flock together." I NEVER KNEW the meaning of that phrase, until I got chickens! [​IMG]
  5. lisamayc

    lisamayc In the Brooder

    Jan 7, 2010
    Mine buddy up by color - I actually watched my Buff Orpingtons follow my orange cat around the other day.
  6. babsbag

    babsbag Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    Anderson, CA

    My Columbian Wyandottes all hang together, but they are new to my flock so I thought that was why. My original flock is all banties and they have always stayed together, even though they are all different varieties. I have one Barred Rock LF that hangs with the goats [​IMG]

    I have 28 chicks of various colors so it will be interesting to see where they end up. Right now they are just starting to free range so they are everywhere with everyone. I am a little overwhelmed with them all. I wasn't going to keep them all, but I ended up having Marek's in my flock and I vaccinated late (not knowing for sure that I had it) and now I don't want to infect anyone else so the chicks are ALL mine.

    It will be interesting to watch how they all pair up.
  7. incubatingisfun

    incubatingisfun Songster

    Dec 15, 2009
    all the ones that i brood together always hang together when they go out to the big bird coop
  8. Bawk Vader

    Bawk Vader In the Brooder

    Feb 11, 2010
    Belleview, FL (Central)
    All of my chickens do the same thing with self segregation by breed. Even when I put my pullets in with my hens the pullets still group by breed and the hens seem more tolerant towards their own breed. I have also noticed that my ducks and the turkeys do the same thing. They all get along fine but the prefer their own breed.
  9. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
    My two sussex are always close together. I wonder if they stick close by color or breed, to help create a sort of camaflauge? A light bird next to a dark bird would be pretty easy to spot, but a group of dark or light birds flocked together might make it harder for a predator to single one out.
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Interesting theory. You might just be right. [​IMG]

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