First post! i have thoroughly enjoyed browsing the forums and was hoping i could get some help. I have read the forums but my problem seems to be specific. I am a first time chicken owner.
We have an adopted hen(not sure about the breed) who is about 2-3 months old, she has been an only child for a month and has been free ranging. We decided to get 4 Pekin bantams hens to keep her company. We got the new bantams, but our hen is terrified of them, she will maintain a big distance between them and her and run back to us if any of them approach her. They are slightly smaller then her at this stage, and i know she will be bigger then them soon.
We bought a lovely coop for all our birds and were hoping our hen would teach the new girls how to forage around the garden. She doesnt want to go into the coop with the new girls.
i was really hoping she would enjoy the company to and teach the new girls. Is there anything i can do to make the change easier for her? i hope they can forage and sleep together eventually, i hoped she would become the leader of the flock.
Any thoughts or hints could really help me.