About a month ago I incorporated a 2-month and 3-month old Easter Eggers to my flock of 9 8-month-old girls. They were skittish but I've been giving them plenty of places to hide and food in a separate area so they don't get chased off.
It's been a month now and the two new girls rarely venture out in the run, still get chased off from the food, and roost in a separate area from the rest despite me moving them together again and again. They are so not in the cool crowd yet.
Recently I removed a bunch of chickens (3 were naughty and 2 are in sick bay) so there are 2 newcomers with 4 older chickens. Still scaredy cats.
Anything I can do to speed this process up? It's a pain to feed them separately and they're social so I think it's stressful to be so picked on.
I have plenty of space in my coop/run, and my birds generally aren't too mean, aside from running the new guys off of the food (not every time, though).