Do orpingtons get bullied when around other breeds?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ragerkid2, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2011
    Johnstown Pa
    I REALLLY want to get orpingtons this year. I have golden comments and light Brhamas and I'm ordering americuanas, barred rocks, golden laced Wyandottes. But on eFowl, t says they will get bullied by other birds. Is this true? I just really love them. Any info will help, thanks!!!
  2. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    I only have four birds, one of which is a BO. Nobody bullies her! I would imagine it just depends on the bird.
  3. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Sullivan, IL
    Orpingtons tend to have a more docile personality than many of the other popular breeds, and some are not good about standing up for themselves which can lead to bullying. But it really depends on the individual birds involved too. I have one orpington (from a breeder, not a hatchery), two ameraucanas (also from a breeder, one is my rooster), two speckled sussex (from a hatchery), an easter egger (from a hatchery), and a silver laced wyandotte (also from a hatchery). In my mixed flock, my orpington is towards the top of the pecking order if not top hen and I've actually seen her step in and break up fights. She even puts my rooster in place on occasion. She's very laid back, but she doesn't let the other birds walk all over her.

    My bet is that if you are getting orpingtons along with the other breeds in a hatchery order you will most likely not have any problems with the orps getting bullied. They may be at the bottom of the pecking order, or they may be at the top, but more often than not chicks that are raised together will get along just fine into adult hood, even if they are different breeds.
  4. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2010
    Hudson, MA
    I have EE's, GLW's, BO's & they all get along just fine. The BO's are probably somewhere in the middle of the pecking order, the GLW are at the top. The BO's are very nice & mellow/friendly. So in your flock, I think they would do just fine.
  5. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2011
    Johnstown Pa
    Thank you for the help. My mother still decided no on them. But trips to TSC may prove otherwise ;) I want some cochins!!

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