I introduced myself and my girls about 4 months ago.
I rescued 3 battery hens and we now call our back yard our Chook Old Peoples Home.
Anyway one died last week due to being egg bound (thank you for everyone who has written posts about Egg Binding - I learned so much from all your wisdom). We are so glad we gave Betty a good last 4 months of her life - she died in my arms and was treated humanly after death.
Today my husband and I went back the same man we got the others from. He rescues hens from commercial egg farms and then brings them to the market for people like us to adopt for a small fee.
So today we brought home an X commercial Free Ranger.
I have a large yard fully enclosed back yard (we live in an old child care centre - if the children didn't escape the Chickens wont) that the chickens dig up every day (I am developing chook proof vegi patches) - they are allowed anywhere they want to go in the day time. I then have a large built in fenced off area of about 25Msq, where they get put if we want to use the back yard, and in that area I have a commercial chicken coop with an upstairs and a down stairs and a good firm door, where they sleep at night. (we don't lock them in we lock the foxes out).
The upstairs where the 3 originals slept together is about 2M x 1/2M and is full of good straw and they made a nest that they share when they lay.
My Alfa Lady - May is picking on the new girl - BettyII. I have now put Betty in the 25Msq pen and locked it so the other 2 are out. Betty is very happy here. 3 hours and she has given us an egg and is scratching and doing all the things that happy chickens do.
However, Alfa Lady May is squarking at the door of the coop - I think she wants to lay but if I let her in she attacks Betty.
Any suggestions of how I get a happy Old People Chook Home back again Please?