I've had a black bantam hen (Chirpie) for a little less than a year now, she seems to be about a year old as of today. Anyway, yesterday I bought a brown bantam to keep her company. She's probably a few months younger but she's full grown and no longer a pullet.
I know about how they'll fight to establish a pecking order and decided to just let them iron out their issues by placing them in the same cage. Chirpie is a really sweet bird-- in fact, it was the new hen who started the fire! Chirpie let her peck at her many times without retaliating but eventually she had enough of it and fought back. Funnily, Chirpie won in the end and now the new hen is terrified of her new room-mate.
Chirpie isn't even being hostile any more, just lumbering around pecking at things but the new hen is so scared she won't stop screaming and trying to run away from Chirpie. How do I calm her down and just let the both of them live in harmony?
Also I'll add that the new hen is quite quiet by nature too, at the store she was really composed and also when we took her away from Chirpie she wouldn't make any noise, so I'm sure that it isn't because she's about to lay.
Edited by lucidstarshine - 1/24/16 at 7:25pm