- Jun 29, 2010
It's been 2 weeks and 2 days since I put my 4 BSLs in with my 2 EEs, and the pecking order is barely better than in was the first day. The BSLs are still chasing and pecking aggressively, making life miserable for the EEs, and stressing me out! It's not just one BSL that's doing it - thay all are. There's no blood, but lots of lost feathers and yelping. The EEs don't fight back, they just take it (one is a cockerel). I can tell they want to be part of the "chicken gang", because shortly after they get chased away, they catch their breath and try to go back. They spent at least 30 days separated by fencing so they could get used to each other. They are all similar in size. They free-range all day on an acre, and sleep together at night, on 2 different roosts. During the day, I leave the coop and run open in case someone needs some quiet time. I've tried treats as a distraction, but the EEs just get bullied out of the mix. I've tried letting both EEs interact with just 1 BSL at a time, but that's not much better. I've noticed some pecking order issues within the BSL group. There has been lots of chest bumping, even amongst "buddies". I've read that it typically takes anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks. Is there anything else I can do to make things better? Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks!