- Sep 9, 2008
I already had 8 chickens and yesterday I got 4 more. Of the original 8, 3 are over a year, and 4 are about 2-3 months old. Yesterday I got 4 more, 3 of which were hens from an egg production farm where they lived in boxes and were not treated well. All of the hens i already had, including the babies are picking on the three new gals from the production farm. They just dont know how to defend themselves, and dont do anything but cower. Th babies will even jump on their heads and start pecking at them, something that Ive never seen the babies do before. I have separated the groups, i put the originals out in their yard and left the new girls in the coop hoping they will develop a sense of ownership of the coop, and feel more confident around the others, and there is chicken wire in the chicken door, so they can still see each other, but I have no idea if this will do any good whatsoever. Any suggestions? Of the 4 new ones, 3 have already laid an egg, so as far as Im concerned, they've earned the top chicken spot, but the other ladies disagree...