Does my cross beak EE have an inferiority complex?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wrldlygrrl, May 9, 2011.

  1. wrldlygrrl

    wrldlygrrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 16 week old cross beak EE that is smaller than the rest of the flock. S/he eats and drinks well, but is inferior in size to it's siblings...I introduced an 8 week old lavender EE to the flock and the cross beak is the only one friendly to her...could it be an inferiority complex? Could it be that the cross beak understands what it is to be different from the rest of the group? The lavender came to me hand-trained. Could that have something to do with why everyone else hates her? Could they be jealous?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    They are different, and a new or different chicken is usually not accepted very readily into the flock. Since chickens do better with companions, it's not unusual for "different" chickens to hang together. I've seen it in my own flock.
     

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