Thank you for adding me to the group. I have been following this forum for some months now just for information, but now I need everyone or anyones help, Im at my wits end!
Let me start my story. Im originally from the Bronx NY, and always wished to have a farm! I have finally realized that dream. I am located in Tucson Arizona where I was able to have some acreage. I started my flock with 6, 3 month old girls....2 White Leghorn, 2 RIR, 1 Bantam, and 1 Sussex. Everything was fine for 4 months, they all started laying and were happy free ranging and in the coop at night. Unfortunatley, my 2 RIR girls were killed over a month ago by the local hawk. I was very upset over this and my best friend took it upon herself to purchase and give me 2 new girls. 1 Americauna, which is my fav, and 1 RIR. Gotta love my friend for knowing how upset I was over the loss of my little girls. I read all the info on here about how to introduce the new girls to the home girls.
I did everything that was listed. Quarantined them for 3 weeks, put them in the run along side the coop for a week, then started introducing them at night and removing them in the morning. They were relentless on the new girls. Bullying them non-stop! So I removed the 2 bullies from the coop and kept them separate. I kept the Bantam and the sussex separate for a week, the 2 Leghorns got used to the new girls pretty quickly and left them alone. I re-introduced the bullies in last night and let them free range today. There was some squabbling but nothing horrible, I thought everything was going to be ok. They all went back in the coop, squabbled a little so I let the pecking order happen. I went out and when I came back I noticed my 2W Leghorns were scratching and pecking non stop at the new girls and when I looked closer they had bloodied one of them. Im so upset, nothing seems to be working for me. I tried the treats, the hanging cd, and still the ones I didnt expect are the ones hurting them!
What do I have left now?? Im sorry for the long post but my husband says Im obsessed, I agree!