Originally Posted by 3Chickenlover3
How do I know when it's time to move my new chickens in with my old ones on the roost? What signs are there that mean the new ones won't be killed and are accepted?
How old are the new chickens v old ones? Roosting time is always a bit of a defense/strategy time in my coop ... and the favorite spot is by the door/window to the run. One stakes out her spot early and doesn't move, another tries to push her way between and there's plenty of nudging - and that's just amongst the flock that knows each other!
My young pullets are interested in roosting but they get the stink eye from the big girls and sometimes chased off, so they still nest down either in their box (that the big ones can't get into) or, recently, a corner of the coop where everyone can see everyone else but there's a temporary truce.
How much roosting space do you have? I read its like 8 inches per bird, but I have to think thats in an established flock where pecking order is established.