Hi everyone! I just picked up my first (6) RIR hens (trimmed beaks and all 1 year old) a week ago and added a Barred Rock hen and an Ameraucana hen yesterday which were hatched in late March/early April of this year (aren't laying yet). I put them in late at night last night and everyone settled down and kept to themselves. Then this morning, my fiance calls me and tells me the 6 RIR's wont go near the Ameraucana but aren't being nice to the Barred Rock. No pecking, picking, pulled feathers or blood, I guess just more intimidation. The Barred Rock does not have a trimmed beak so I'm thinking she can fend for herself if need be. Would she be better off in a dog crate for a few days or should I let the pecking order sort itself out naturally? Also, how do I get my chickens to lay in the nesting boxes if they have never done so at their previous home? I have 6 boxes for 8 hens 18" off the ground and 12x12x12 with shavings inside. And ditto with the sleeping on a roost? Currently they all sleep huddled together in a corner on the floor. I tried picking them up last night and placing them on the roost but after about a minute they hopped down. It is a 2x4 with the wide side down about 16" off the ground. Another thing I noticed yesterday when picking up my very healthy new feathered friends last night were how skinny and malnourished my RIR's look. They don't have that really dark RIR color and seem really light (more caramel in color than the birch beer brown/red of a RIR) with not a lot of plumage ( will post pics later). Just wondering how I can put some weight on them for the winter besides cracked corn? Currently I am feeding nature's best organic layer pellets with two handfuls of BOSS in the afternoons and a handful of oats, quinoa, pasta, etc. Thank you so much for reading through my entire post as I just want the best for my new pet chickens!