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Hi there. I have a question about introducing new chickens. We recently got two sister silkie/frizzle 11month old chickens- 2 weeks ago. We have now introduced 2 pure silkie sisters. Our smaller mix is fine with them but the one that's a big bigger is a bully. She chases the two silkies around pecking at them. They have been hiding in the coop- they are left alone hiding in the coop but have to access to food/water so I've placed extra food/water with them. The bigger one then kicks them out the coop to take that food and if she sees them by the other food charges at them pecking and chasing them. They have only been together a day and I'm wondering if this will calm down? They spent the night together in the same coop fine but I worry for my smaller silkies and if it's normal for new chickens to hide in the coop all day? First time chicken owners so everything is new.
I unfortunately can't free range often as we have a fox in the evening and I can't catch them in the day to put them away- Hubby does this on weekends when he's home.
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Welcome to BYC :frow Glad you joined the flock! What you're seeing here is the controversial "pecking order", with a "head girl" showing the newbies who the boss in the flock is. Not a pleasant experience, but part of the hobby and chicken life. All you can do is keep an eye on them and make sure the new ladies get to eat and drink enough, even if it means cooping up the bully head girl for a bit sometimes during the day. Also watch out for excessive bullying, injuries etc. If that happens, remove the bully girl from the flock for a day and see if that calms her down. They should hopefully settle down within a few days and learn to live in peace with each other though.

 

If you're interested, there is some more info on the topic here:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/adding-to-your-flock

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/a-guide-to-understanding-the-chicken-pecking-order

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bullying-behavior-in-chickens

 

Enjoy the site!

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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post #3 of 7
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Ahh thank you. She seems to have laid off a bit now and they just stay and other sides of the run. Seems to kick off again when I go out-think that's because she assumes more food is coming and wants the little ones out the way. Hoping this will die down a bit as well.
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Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us. Sumi has given you some great advice and links and I'm sure that those will help you.

 

Best wishes

CT

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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post #6 of 7

You could try "pinless peepers" on the bully.   Pinless peepers prevents the bird from seeing straight ahead, which throws their aim off.  Also they are annoyed to be  wearing them, so it shifts focus away from the other birds.  Please check out  the "pinless peepers" thread to learn more about them.

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post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Great thanks- have ordered some pinkness peepers. It's only the one girl who constantly charges at them and they get scared and sit in the coop a lot. Poor things
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