aggressive Barred Rock
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- Intentional Solitude
How old are these chicks? Yes, it's normal BUT you should never put a really young chick in with grown hens unless they have a broody hen protecting them. I have an 11 week old pullet I am having to integrate into a flock (BRs, coincidentally) and one is especially vicious, but then, she is the bottom of the pecking order and it's normal for a hen that low to be brutal to a newbie. She doesn't want to be at the bottom anymore and she's making sure the newbie knows her place. I never put chicks in with adults until they have some real size on them or they can be hurt.
Give them a place they can get away from the hens. I put a special single roost up for my youngster so she can get away from the harassment.
Edited by speckledhen - 5/22/16 at 5:10pm