self-segregation in multi-breed flock?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ailurophile23, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Songster

    Dec 21, 2010
    Not sure if this is the right area for this question but here goes - in mixed breed flocks, do your breeds tend to self-segregate? I have two breeds in my flock of 12 hens - light brahmas and speckled sussex and frequently I notice that the sussex hang out with the sussex and the brahmas hang out the the brahmas, especially when out free-ranging. Any thoughts on why this might be?

  2. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Songster

    Feb 23, 2011
    Crossville, Tennessee
    Mine do it, yeah.
  3. kefiren

    kefiren Songster

    Birds of a feather flock together! I think it is nice to have at least 3 of each breed.
  4. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Songster

    Feb 5, 2010
    Missouri Ozarks
    I once had a mixed breed rooster who was orange/red in color with a white tail. He lorded over a flock of 39 hens (Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, Golden Laced Wyandottes, Buff Orpingtons, Easter Eggers, Black Australorps, Red Sexlinks, Black Sexlinks, and several mixes). He'd mate with, call to food, and protect all of the hens, but he lavished most of his attention on the Red Sexlinks, which happened to be colored just like him.

    I've also seen color segregation in our cattle. I've seen them all laying down in the shade on a summer day, black cows in one area, black baldy cows in another area, Hereford cows in another area, and Gelbvieh cows in another area... I've also seen young calves do the same thing. [​IMG]
  5. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Songster

    Dec 21, 2010
    Interesting! This is the first group of animals I have had that seems to do this so I was sort of surprised. I'll have to watch the multi-breed cow herds around us as well. Thanks for all the input everyone.

  6. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    That's nature in control. It's just the way our God made every animal. If you're forced to mix against natures will, things have a tendency to get all out of whack and bad things happen. It's just the way things are. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2012

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