I have 5 hens that are around 7 months old.
I have been integrating 5 new chickens that are 2 and 3 months old.
3 of the newbies are 2 months about and are all polish 1 boy and 2 girls
2 of the newbies are 3 months 1 polish & 1 ameraucana
right now there are 5 of each group so the newbies are not out numbered....
2 of the newbies are getting picked on more then the others one has lost a good amount of her crest but there is no skin injuries and the other has been getting her tail/back feathers picked out and she has some blood. (I am picking up Viks vapor rub to try that and see if it helps.) I don't see any nasty open wound or anything but i know she is very unhappy and tries to hide all the time.
that said I think I need to downsize as I don't have time to expand the run right now and I think 8 is the max I should have to avoid more problems. I am very uncertain about keeping the boy (he looks awesome and is friendly so far but has yet to crow and is still young. I am not sure how he would do as a rooster being polish with all my other hens that are larger then he will be, and as I dont have enough space at the moment maybe silly to keep him.
I was thinking of parting with the polish boy and the 2 polish girls that seem to be getting picked on in hopes that it would help sort out the flock issues.
I am hesitant to part with them though because that would leave 2 newbies that are at least 4 month younger then my other girls....
I have been keeping them all in the same run for at least a month now and they are still not really been accepted by the older hens ... have no idea how long this is supposed to take!....
I put the new ones in the big coop a night ago during night time and there was no fighting but soon as day time came that all went back to hiding in their water melon box.
Do I have to many so they arn't integrating?
Does it take longer then a month normally?
would I be better off parting with some of the new girls or will the new ones left get picked on really bad because they are out numbered?