Racist Chickens ?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by MTopPA_18707, May 23, 2011.

  1. MTopPA_18707

    MTopPA_18707 Chillin' With My Peeps

    My 14 yrs old daughter told me "Your chickens are racist !"
    I was like, "What ?"

    We have six, 9 week old chickens - all raised together from day old chicks.
    Three are Black Australorps and three are Buff Orpingtons.

    Anyway she's right . . . each breed seems to stay with it's own and not mingle with the other.

    They didn't do this when they were younger . . . and it only became noticeable once the 7 roosters left for freezer camp.

    Any idea why they are segregating themselves ?

    Kevin & Kids
  2. stilldeb

    stilldeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2010
    NW Kentucky
    Mine do the same thing. No idea. But their personalities are very different related to their breed, and that could be a very big reason why they want to hang out with each other, another is probably size. My D'Uccles are small and quiet and prefer each other's company, Silkies are bigger, Sebrights are more active, etc. They have no idea what they personally look like.

    deb g
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Many people will say that it is color, but I agree with Stilldeb. I think it is more because of personality differences. I've had blacks and whites that hung together or blacks and reds when there were others of their own color available. Some like to hang near the rooster but some don't. I think it is because breeds tend to have similar personalities that it looks like they are racist when they break into their groups. I could be wrong, but that is my opinion based on observing my mutts.
  4. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    I've observed that in my flock too even it is small....the three LF Wellies, in their own group, the one Amerc hen on her own world, the Black Orp mother that brood those LF Wellies, she would either go off on her own or be with her Wellie "daughters", my SSH Bantam, she is her lonely self and then my Wellie bantam, she goes either way to the Wellie group or sitting out by herself.

    Are they racist? Probably so but they are tolerant of each other.
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Racist? I'm pretty sure that we humans have a lock on that. I'm with Deb and RR. I think they separate by temperment and personality.
  6. MTopPA_18707

    MTopPA_18707 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks . . . for the fun feedback.

    This was meant to be an interesting topic on chicken behaviour.

    I don't really think any animal could actually be racist . . . . they are too smart to be that stupid.
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  7. Sherry

    Sherry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    Southern WV
    Birds of a feather....[​IMG]
  8. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    The only seperation in my flock is the ducks don't hang with the chickens.
  9. owlis

    owlis New Egg

    My chickens are rasist chickens too. I find it odd but very interesting...lol

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