I have a flock of 8 mommies, four babies (aged 8 weeks) and a rooster. A week ago I introduced a lovely pair of silkies, aged 12 weeks. The pair of silkies are terrified of leaving the hen house and are chased away from treats and not allowed to forage about by most of the other hens. Three in particular are constantly on guard and actively seek out the silkies to bully them. Every day I forcibly put the silkies outside and close the hen house so they cannot return in order to get them some daylight, fresh air and in a bid to get the pecking order sorted. Has anyone any advice on how long this may take? I am loathe to start the separation malarkey at this stage ! On a more positive note, for the last two nights the silkies have been 'allowed' to sleep on the roost with all the other gals, rather than on the ground. Could things possibly be getting better?!