Five days ago I introduced a new hen, an EE, into my flock of 3. The three stooges stick together like glue (2 BR and 1 RSL) At first, they attacked the new girl viciously. I put her in a separate cage in the run. Slowly, over the past few days, I've let her out more and more. I'm not sure what is "normal?" Right now, for the most part, the 2 BR hens ignore her unless she gets too close to them. The little Red SexLink (who WAS bottom of the pecking order) at first would chase her from across the yard. Now, she only chases her if the EE gets "into her space" for the most part. But she's awfully mean on occasion. And, they still won't let her be a part of their little threesome. She gets close, they chase her off. She's afraid of them. I have to push her into the henhouse to sleep if she doesn't get there before they do. Should I be keeping the EE in the cage longer? Until they ignore her completely? Or is this normal behavior? How long will this meanness go on? Will they ever accept her? I feel sorry for the EE. She wants to be a part of the flock She loves it when I go stand in the run. She stays close to me, like I"m her mom. She knows I'll protect her.