Hi, I am currently trying to introduce my flock of 7 chicks, 12 weeks old to my 4 barred rock hens. 3 of the hens seem fine with the chicks, mainly because I have had the two groups separated by chicken wire for the past 2 months. Today I let the two groups out together. When I shut the Adults and children in the coop together 20 min later, one hen (mean one)was pecking and almost going after the little bantam rooster. He was squaking, and the mean hen would not stop. So I picked her up and separated her. Does anyone have any ideas of what I should do to make this hen less mean? If I wanted to knock her down a couple spots in the pecking order, could I move the mean one into the chicks area, then move the 7 chicks into the big coop to be with the 3 nice adults?
If the mean hen is separated only by chicken wire from the rest of the flock, will she be knocked down in the pecking order?