- May 18, 2010
We introduced new hen Rosie to the other four girls who are roughly the same age, about a month ago. We did things slowly and did the whole see and don't touch, etc. Our previously sweetest gal became the new worst attacker, but they are all mean. Won't let her eat or drink, and when they are in the coop together, she just separates herself to avoid attack. She is totally mellow and won't fight back, sometimes just sits down to take a little pecking. The others chase her when they are in close proximity. We give her TLC, but there will be days we are out of town that she just won't survive without food and water. Do I dare remove head hen for a few days then reintroduce her? Would that really mess things up, or would that give Rosie a fighting chance at life with our flock? The kids love her, but it must be lame to live life terrified. Any thoughts would be great. Thanks a dozen.