Just wanted to put in a little update.
Hurra was the BCM that was in with little Sugar, she was also not growing well and was at the bottom of the pecking order and was getting treated pretty brutally by the bigger chicks.
Well, they moved out to the coop a couple of week ends ago and I had to put a piece of fence wire down the middle of the shed to keep the 3 big girls (EE & 2 SLW) from hurting the 3 little ones (BCM & 2 S.Sussex).
The 3 little ones were doing great, growing and getting more confident without the constant abuse.
This past weekend I pulled back part of the wire and let them move back and froth over the whole coop. I stayed nearby keeping an eye and an ear out for trouble. Things seemed to be going well so I went off to do some mowing. When I got done, I gathered up a big handfull of the clippings and carried them to the girls. I didn't want to push their luck by dropping treats into the 'fragile' truce that seemed to be going on and I had planned to put down 2 piles of the clippings and then separate them again.
I dropped a pile in the middle of the 'big girls' side and shooed the little ones onto their side. I dropped the rest of the clippings. Before I could turn around Raisin (the worst of the big bullies) came tearing around the open end of the fencing and right up to Hurra.
Little Hurra stood up on her tippy-toes with her neck stretched out as far as she could go - her and Raisin were beak to beak... then Hurra started doing her neck in this crazy 'bob & weave' motion as if she was saying "You want a piece of THIS!?!?! HUH!? You think you can take me now!?!?!" And sure enough, Raisin ducked her head and went back over to her 'gang'.
It was SOO FUNNY!!!!!
Good Girl Hurra!
Wouldn't it be just too perfect if little Hurra becomes top hen?