If you have different breeds,

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Javamama, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. Javamama

    Javamama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you find that they self-segregate? I have 13 total, 5 breeds and they all hang together in their own little groups most of the time. It's kind of funny because they all came in the same batch. I have only 1 dominique and she's pretty independent - she prefers me. And then only 1 EE, which the brahmas let her hang with them someimes, but she's a busybody and likes to keep the peace without being aggressive. It's cool to watch.
     
  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    My two leghorns stay pretty close to each other. The rest of the flock are always here, there and everywhere and seldom in little groups of the same breed.

    I have Guineas this year (they are only three months old) and they actually stay pretty close together. They do hang out right in the middle of the chickens though.
     
  3. beckysuzp

    beckysuzp Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a bunch of different breeds, and I've noticed with mine that some do and some don't. The brown leg horns keep pretty much to themselves, a little group always hanging together. And now that they're pretty good sized, my permanant chickens want nothing to do with any of the meat chickens. Then there's the white leghorns who are about a month older than the rest, and they'll socialize with the meat chickens, who have gotten bigger than them now, but don't want anything to do with the rest. And then I have a couple pets who want more to do with me than any of the other chickens. I love watching all their separate personalities come out!
     
  4. brandywine

    brandywine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I installed the pullets' pop door last week, and then opened it for the first time.

    I have five breeds, three of each. One-by-one, a single member of each group appeared in the opening and cautiously crept out to explore the yard.

    On the first day, only those five came out. Then they went back in to report their findings.

    It was a howl. I imagined a newsreel voiceover -- Each nations sends an intrepid explorer to represent it as chickenkind discovers a strange new world ...

    To answer your original question, I find that my EEs and Wyandottes appear clannish.
     
  5. tfpets

    tfpets Mmm, tastes like chicken

    [​IMG] Yeah, its funny how some of them do that. Thats one of the reasons I like to get two pullets of the breeds I like. Of the breeds I have that hang together (And I have alot), the Cuckoo Marans teens, black and white polish, Cuckoo-Leghorn mix, Partridge Cochin, Black Langshan, and Mille Fleur D'Uccles all stay in their own "clicks"....most of them are girls, so they arent "pairs" or "trios" and it is funny to see them together in such a large group, but it helps me keep track of them. [​IMG] Mom to 70+ chickens who all want attention, treats, and some to be held which gets hard cause they are getting heavy and all want lap space [​IMG]
     
  6. warren

    warren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had an old brown hen on her own and got a Black Star and another brown hen to go with her. She hated both so I had to keep them seperate for a while. When I put them together she accepted the brown one but never accepted the black one. Eventually the black one got sick and I had to put her down. I think that she was too stressed even though I did not let her alone with the other two in case they were too rough with her.
    I don't think it is a good idea to introduce one hen of a different colour to a flock. I now have 3 brown hens and they get on well.
     
  7. MarylandChick

    MarylandChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine do that too.

    I think that's where the saying comes from:
    "Birds of a feather stick together"
     
  8. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    The old saying is true, birds of a feather do flock together, but it does not mean they won't get along together in the same coop & run.

    My layer flock is very mixed, and other than pecking order issues, they all get along.

    My BR's tend to hang around together, but they do mingle with the other breeds.
     
  9. larlar23

    larlar23 Out Of The Brooder

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    i have differnet breeds in my coop. they like to be all
    together. but they single out some off my easter egg chickens.
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    9-leg horns, 20 road island red,10 black-sex-links, 15 buff orfintons, and 9 easter egg chickens for a total of 63.
     

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