Hi everyone, long time no see. I have been inactive for awhile as I have moved several times and had several flocks since.
I just got a new flock of hens this morning-- all of them had been kept at the supplier in the same enclosure.
There are three easter eggers, 2 barred rocks, and one mystery fowl that I think might be some kind of game or jungle fowl hybrid. I know she's not a production hen, but I like them because they are smart and usually the first to alert hens of any danger.
The easter eggers are all feathered out, only slightly smaller than the fowl hen. The barred rocks are also feathered out completely and have the beginnings of combs starting.
I went to the grange today after placing an order earlier in the week and the supplier (who seemed pretty young) said they were the same age. We were in a bit of a rush and they seemed to be similar sizes so I took his word for it and boxed up the hens.
I got home, though, and noticed the 3 eggers are still making peeps, even though they appear to be fully feathered out with all their flight feathers, etc.
The two barred rocks and the fowl all cluck, and the fowl definitely likes to assert herself over the young ones. She onIy picks on the easter eggers, but leaves the rocks alone. The rocks seem pretty indifferent about the babies. I made sure they had some places to hide in our fairly large coop.
After going out to check on them, though, I noticed to my surprise the fowl hen had already laid an egg.
So I have one sexually mature bossy chicken, and 5 pullets, 3 of whom still peep and hide.
Should I be worried about this or just try to continue seeing how it goes? Should I keep them separated?
Edited by Livipedia - 4/16/16 at 10:01pm