I got my girls 1.5 weeks ago and there are 8 of them (well two I got two days ago). Two are around 7 weeks, one is four months and the rest range from 10 months to 1.5 years old. They all get along fairly well except for the first two I got. I know what kind everyone is except these two.
On the left (grey) is Spike (my husband named her) and she is the alpha hen. She doesn't even need to fight anybody about it she just looks at them and everyone runs for the edge of the fence line. She just sits around being grumpy, butting in when I feed them to eat and drink first, and doesn't allow anybody to roost on either of the two roosts in the coop. It's been over a week now and she hasn't layed any eggs while the others are all laying (except Brunhilde, and I'll get to her). Right now it's raining and Spike and Brunhilde are roosting in the coop and won't allow anybody else to come in.
So on the right (white) is Brunhilde. She's the wanna be alpha and is the first to fight everyone to be sure they know she's on top but she still bows down to Spike. She's kind of her little stooge and just follows her around and sucks up to her all the time. She's not really a bully apart from being at the top of the pecking order and eating first(ish) but she's not excessive like Spike. She'd probably make for a good alpha. But she's not laying yet either and both of these birds were quite expensive and I was told they were very productive layers.
I guess I'm just looking for "what would you do's". I think the rest of the ladies might be happier and get along better without Spike being so mean. They all pick on the little ones a little but they allow them inside the coop, and allow them to have some treats and all that while Spike doesn't. She only lets Brunhilde around.
Would you get rid of Spike?
Would you get rid of both? I'm nervous that Brunhilde would be heart broken if I split them up.
Would you just give it time because it's only been less than two full weeks?
Thanks for your opinions in advance.
Oh and if you know what they are, I'd love to know.