I introduced 2 new EEs to my 3 hen flock yesterday evening. Even though I did it close to sundown, there was a bit of bloodshed. One of my Australorps went after the silver EE and decided she was happier to leave the EE alone. My Wyandotte was next, and my EE was the loser that time. I ended up shooing her off the EE since she was standing on top of her and picking her wingfeathers out for quite a while after the actual fight. The 2 EEs and Wyandotte shared a roost last night. This morning, the Wyandotte is still chasing and picking at the silver EE, but the EE is showing no inclination to challenge the Wyandotte and runs away every time. The EE seems to be on decent terms with everyone else. The other EE is very shy and hasn't wanted to challenge anyone. If another bird besides the silver EE comes anywhere near her, she lets out a squawk and tears off like her feathers are on fire. It's funny to watch, but I do feel bad for her. Looking back, I should have waited til after the original girls had gone to roost. They're generally docile birds, though, and they hadn't shown any interest or aggression towards the newbies when they were in the kitty carrier. I guess I thought that chickens were more like cats; if you bring a strange cat into your house and leave it in the carrer, your current cat will circle the carrier, hiss, and carry on. The chickens ignored the carrier, so I (mistakenly) thought that meant they weren't feeling territorial. How long will the picking and pecking continue? How much is normal? There's no blood this morning, just some picking and chasing... My original girls never really fought; they were all raised together, so I guess they never really had to sort it out.