I'm new here and a new chicken momma. I finally got a chicken coop after years of hubby promising me to build one. A chicken friend of mine gave me 2 of her docile Cochin hens with the agreement that I'd take her Banni rooster. All 3 are 10 months old and hens wete layig prior to their move. He's friendly but obviously can't breed the hens due to his small size. So he's just a pet. Just 5 days after getting the 2 hens and rooster whom were in the same coop at their prior home, I introduced a 5 to 6 mos old Red Sex Link hen and a 5 to 6 mos old Rhode Island Red hen. Of course pecking order is expected but I have a feeling g that this little rooster has napoleon syndrome and he keeps the old hens separated from the new hens. Also if the new hens get close to the old hens to drink or eat, my more alpha old hen pecks at them. The new girls stayed in the nesting box all day today. I was hoping they were laying but they were just scared. I carfully kicked them out to get them back in the mix and they keep trying to crash themselves into the corner under the nesting box......like they want out and they're miserable. I feel horrible. I know there will always be someone establishing alpha status UT would it help alleviate some tenting if I didn't have the alpha rooster AND alpha hen? Is this like a double edged sword for my poor newbies or is it irrevelant?
Also, of my first 2 hens (I refer to as my old hens sick I got them first) ply one had laid an egg since it's been relocated and the other hasn't at all. The rooster can't breed her but stays in the box with her when she lays an egg. But the other hen goes in and comes out....no egg and rooster never "cheers" her on.
All this going on...I'm not very patient, can you tell? Lol I just want happy chickens and eggs!
What would you all do??