I received a two year old Barred Rock hen from a friend, and introduced it to my flock of five one year olds. Everything was fine for the first hour, then when I went out again to check, the new bird was in the corner with her head hidden into the corner of the pen. When I moved the other hens away from the new chick, she got up and walked around. A few minutes later two of the hens were back to pecking her and she retreated to the corner again. I removed her from the pen, as I didn't want a dead chicken. Is there any way to integrate new chickens to a pen? Is this a way of the flock showing their pecking order? Some help would be greatly appreciated!!
Edited by haus - 6/17/12 at 5:38am