I am new to BYC so first of all Hi everyone! I need some help with introducing chickens.
I've had chickens before that I bought from an auction, all the girls came together and all had their beaks clipped so they all got along etc and had already established order. Now I just moved and got a new flock. I had gotten 4 Rhode Island Red chicks at a fair in hopes of course having all girls. Unfortunately out of the 4 chicks, 3 of them ended up being males with only one female. They are now just reaching sexual maturity so I am separating them. No since hens don't like to be by themselves to lay eggs I am getting new chickens. I have just gotten an 8 week old Jersey Giant pullet and am trying to introduce them. My 3 roosters are now free-range while I plan on keeping the hens in the run I made as well as coop.
It's all chaos...
Well the cockerels are having fun being free range and don't really care about my hen (Sydney). She on the other hand is having huge separation anxiety from them which I was hoping would help her accept my new girl (Fenja). At first there's normal pecking etc but she's being very overbearing. Fenja is decent size so she's not a baby baby but she's terrified of Sydney. She comes and hides on me etc and always wants to be with me. Yesterday I had them both outside together and Fenja got between Sydney and was walking along the fence when the roosters came over and Sydney I guess dealing with the separation went after her pretty good. Thankfully she's ok but since then I have put up a fence in the middle of the pen to keep them separated. At night I lock them up in the coop together when they're all settled down and they seem to be fine, Fenja seems to have found her "safe place" between a nesting box and the wall where Sydney can't really get her. During the day I have them on opposite sides of the fence so hopefully Sydney can begin to accept her but she herself is still more occupied worrying about the roosters.
What else can I do? Is this okay for now and I just have to give it time or should I do something else? I've read places about putting a dog cage in there etc but I don't have one and they are a bit pricey. So please help; what can I do to have Sydney accept her more willingly?
P.S. I will also be getting two other pullets in the next few weeks both about to start laying so I will need to introduce again but hopefully since they will all be similar size it will be easier. I just want Sydney to accept Fenja and "take her under her wing" to say so that they get along and when I get two more Sydney will consider her part of her flock.