I am new to raising chickens and have learned so much from BYC since joining in January. My first flock of 8 pullets vary in age from 12-14 weeks old. Just hanging out waiting on our first egg in the next month or so. I have 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Easter Eggers, 1 brown Leghorn, 1 Black Silkie, 1 Lavender Orpington, and 1 Black Sexlink. Their personalities are SO different. I am just curious if any of my observations are common for the specific breed, or just individual personalities to each chicken regardless of breed. I'd love to hear your own experiences with some of these breeds. Also, how can you tell who is the top of the pecking order? When is that established? I can only tell who is at the very bottom. Here are my breed observations. Barred Rocks- peck everything (buttons, sparkles, rings, hands. pants, shoes, etc) curious, not afraid. Fell asleep in our hands as chicks but a little more aggressive now. Easter Eggers- fairly smart, keep a safe distance but aren't the last to come over to investigate, my older one seems to keep an eye out for dangers for the flock Brown Leghorn- very skittish, fast, flies high, does not come near Silkie- calm, friendly, will let you hold her, slow, cute, bottom of pecking order but no one is mean to her Lavender Orpington- friendly, calm, beautiful, not eager to come over but comes eventually Black Sexlink- very very smart. comes over first but is friendly, never pecks at people, allows you to pick her up What are your experiences? Here are some pictures from a few weeks ago for fun!