Mixed Flock, Varying Personalities, Common?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MedSchlFarmers, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. MedSchlFarmers

    MedSchlFarmers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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!

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    There are certain traits that are breed traits and some are an individual trait. You have described most of the traits that are common for those breeds.

    Pecking order is probably established by now, but it can change and is never permanent. Your top hen will be the first to eat, have the best roost spot and everyone will move out of way. So throw out some scratch or favorite treat and see who seems to be controlling things.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Observation is good...keep it up, couple it with some common sense about animals in general and you'll learn a bunch.
    Nice little flock....pecking order is fluid and can change at any time as they mature and start to lay.
    Silkie at a distinct disadvantage because of general docility and the inability to see very well.
     
  4. MedSchlFarmers

    MedSchlFarmers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you both. How does the Silkie find it's food and water, I've often wondered how she sees anything.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    She's probably mostly memorized stuff as well as being able to see some what. I will usually give my crested birds a haircut so their sight is improved. Being the only silkie in a group of large breeds she could end up pecked and bullied. Your birds are young yet, but look for such behavior as they begin to lay and become moody and territorial with maturity.
     
  6. MedSchlFarmers

    MedSchlFarmers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I will keep an eye out. My daughter would have the silkie in her bedroom, if given the option. What a sweetheart.
     

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