Orpington dominant?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by shakenbake, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. shakenbake

    shakenbake Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, I just got 4 little babies [​IMG] 1 australorp, 1 BR, and 2 BOs. All are supposed to be hens but my question is that one of my BOs is the most dominant one, is this normal? They're only about a week old but I still would've thought that the BR would be dominant? Does this mean that my BO is probably a rooster? (I hope so!) Also, even though my BO is dominant, my other BO is a bit of a runt but the dominant one defiantly takes care of it and treats it like a little sister or something, is this normal? Thanks [​IMG]
     
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    All normal. While Orps have the reputation of being super laid back, not all are. I have nothing but Orps and my top hen has one she treats like a little sister lol. Which makes me happy because it's the one that got attacked as a chick and still limps on that leg from time to time. So it all depends on the chicken.
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Perfectly normal. And it doesn't necessarily mean the aggressive orp is a roo. I have all Black Orpington girls and I have one girl that is pretty aggressive with the other hens. I was also surprised as I had heard that the orp breeds are usually pretty laid back. But every chicken has it's personality. Good luck with your babies! [​IMG]
     
  4. shakenbake

    shakenbake Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much [​IMG] I've always had flighty or aggressive breeds, so for a change I thought I'd get Orps and was fairly surprised.
     

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