What is up with my Lakenvelder pullet? I have questions...

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chicken_china_mom, May 18, 2010.

  1. chicken_china_mom

    chicken_china_mom Crazy for Cochins

    Apr 24, 2009
    Tab, Indiana
    I got some eggs from another BYC'er, and I got 3 Lakenvelder eggs in the bunch. They're pure. Only 2 hatched, and by chance or favor, I ended up with a pair. [​IMG] Anyway, I have been watching these little guys and interacting with them, and the little pullet is so totally different than every other chick I've ever hatched. The little roo is very quiet, kinda keeps to himself a bit, but he isn't loud or pushy, and he doesn't mind being held. He'll sit with me on the couch, or out in the yard. He positions himself on my shoulder and just lays down and quietly observes his surroundings. When he's down on the ground with the other birds he acts pretty much like the rest, he forages, he runs around exploring with them, but will sometimes wander off to explore alone. We named him Montgomery, but we call him Monty for short. He's quite observant, but not mean at all. Usually when a chick starts eyeballing me I back them up cause I know they have just noticed the whites of my eyes or my teeth and they want to taste them, lol. But not Monty. He just seems to watch. The little pullet we named Eliza. She is so very quiet, I don't think I've ever even heard her make a sound. She was ok in her brooder with the other birds, but preferred to be alone in a corner for the most part. I think some of the other chicks were a little too rambunctious for her taste. Eliza and Monty are now 5 weeks old. About 2 weeks ago I hatched out another batch of chicks, 6 Bantams and 2 Standards. Well, I had just moved them into their brooder when I heard a noise coming from the big brooder. Eliza was pacing and staring very intently at the new brooder, even though the chicks weren't really peeping. I gave the new babies water and food and left the room to go do chores. Well, every time I came back to check on the chicks, Eliza had her face squished up against the bars of her brooder (it's a rabbit cage with a plastic bottom) and was watching the brooder with the new chicks. Ok, so fast forward to later that afternoon. My older DD goes into the bedroom to change the water in Eliza's brooder, and as soon as she lifts the lid, out shoots Eliza. Before my daughter could catch her Eliza had hit the floor and was half fluttering, half running to the new brooder. She was up and over the side and IN the brooder before my daughter could catch her! That was the first time Eliza had ever even left the brooder without someone lifting her out. So as the bird was making her great escape my DD is calling for me. I arrive just as my daughter is leaning toward the new brooder to see what Eliza was doing. Our initial fear was that she would hurt the little babies, but instead, to our surprise, she grabbed a bite of their food and then laid right down. The babies looked at her for like a millisecond, and then proceeded to cram up under her wings and as close to her as they could possibly get. Eliza hasn't left since. We tried one afternoon last week to bring her outside with the other chicks her age and this is what she did the ENTIRE time we were outside, and we were outside for several hours:
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    She refused to eat or drink, she wouldn't even look at the grass. She just seemed to stand there and pout. She was glaring at me too. Once we came back inside and she was back with the babies, she perked right back up and went back to eating and drinking and snuggling with "her" babies. What I want to know is, is that normal behavior for a Lakenvelder? From all that I've been able to find on the breed they are friendly but not affectionate, tolerant of people, good either as foragers or kept in a coop, and they aren't broodies. So...did someone forget to tell Eliza that she's a Lakenvelder instead of a Buff Orpington? She eats fine, she poops fine, she isn't lethargic or in any pain, she just prefers the company of the babies to the company of the Speckled Sussex and Marans chicks that she was in with originally. Can anyone who has raised them give me a more detailed idea of what to expect with these two as they get older? I'm not sure Eliza will do well in my current Standard flock. I may have to create a special pen just for her and Monty. Any words of wisdom with this breed would be much appreciated.
     
  2. harewizard

    harewizard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a great story!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I'm in love with Eliza!! [​IMG]

    I'm sorry I can't offer any help, But I'll give ya a BUMP!

    Lisa
     
  3. chicken_china_mom

    chicken_china_mom Crazy for Cochins

    Apr 24, 2009
    Tab, Indiana
    She is definitely like no other chick I've ever owned. Both my Lakenvelder chicks act so calm, and with the just standing there, it looks like all the other chicks have ADHD, lol! I tried once to return her to the brooder with the chicks her own age, but she went and sat in a corner and pouted, and refused to eat or drink. As soon as I put her back in with the babies though, she was happy again. It's the strangest behavior that I've ever seen in a chick. These are my first Lakenvelders, in case anyone couldn't tell. [​IMG]
     
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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  5. chicken_china_mom

    chicken_china_mom Crazy for Cochins

    Apr 24, 2009
    Tab, Indiana
    Quote:No, her crop is fine. She eats, drinks, poops fine. She was pouting that day and refused to eat when I had her in with the chicks her own age. She wanted to be back in with the tiny chicks. She only opens up and starts acting like herself when she is with the little babies. She seems to get depressed when she is taken away from them.
     
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Quote:No, her crop is fine. She eats, drinks, poops fine. She was pouting that day and refused to eat when I had her in with the chicks her own age. She wanted to be back in with the tiny chicks. She only opens up and starts acting like herself when she is with the little babies. She seems to get depressed when she is taken away from them.

    OOOK,
    For some reason I thought you said it stopped eating all together..

    Chris
     
  7. chicken_china_mom

    chicken_china_mom Crazy for Cochins

    Apr 24, 2009
    Tab, Indiana
    No, she just didn't want to eat when she was around the birds her own age. Kind of like when a toddler throws a tantrum. She pouted and sulked and acted like a spoiled little brat until I brought her back in the house and put her back in with the tiny chicks. Then she was happy as a clam. She ate, she drank, she pooped, she was happy again. I have no idea what "normal" Lakenvelder behavior is, and I was hoping that someone here with them could give me better insight. So far, I love my pair. They are pleasant, easy to handle, sweet, and quiet. A big change from the Marans, the Cochins, and even the Sussex. The Sussex are sweet too, just feisty and full of energy. The Lakenvelders are just so calm and laid back.
     

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