How can they get familiarised if they are kept apart? Yes I only have the four, I have a small shed at the end of a large run with 4 nesting boxes of one has a door and a partial side so the new hens can squeeze into the closed off one, but they are so scared, one will fly onto my shoulder and hide in my hair for protection when my older hen goes near her.How old are the new birds? Do these four chickens make up your flock or are there others?
You could have an interesting dynamic developing there - a momma‘s boy/ only child rooster, a protective mother hen and now two young tarts added to the mix.
Can you provide separate but visible arrangements for the two new pullets? I think this would be far less stressful for the mother hen than removing her chick. Allow the birds to familiarize with each other before giving physical access. This could take some time; give them several days and try again.
last week I got 2 more very young pullets
Confused ....how old, in weeks or months, are the new pullets.so the new hens
No, it's because there are new birds in her territory.Is it because she has a "baby" and should I separate him from her now?
He's not hers biologically, she only hatched the egg, didn't lay it.I agree that you need to do look don’t touch with the young pullets. You could also consider rehoming the rooster. He’s old enough now to be sold. I personally don’t like seeing a roo mate his mom.