I love a colourful flock, so when I began my crazy chicken lady career, I bought one or two chicks, three at the most, of every breed I could get my hands on. Watching them grow up, and observing flock dynamics, has convinced me of the truth of that old saying about birds of a feather flocking together, they really do!

Chickens love to hang out with others that look like they do. But here’s the thing…how do chickens know what they look like?

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It seems to me that chickens must be self-aware. They know where they stop and the world begins, they recognize their own feather colours and patterns, and they seek out others that look like they do. Fascinating, isn’t it?

All my chickens greatly prefer the company of their own breeds. In fact, I now avoid keeping a chicken without keeping at least one buddy of the same colour.