Pecking order, introducing new hens

Morecambeclucks

In the Brooder
6 Years
Mar 20, 2013
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I now find myself the go to person for re-homing Chickens, I was asked to take in 2 French Faverolles, and a little Bantam, the other girls (7 ex batts and 2 Pullets) are being brutal bullies towards the 3 newbies, even the Pullets are getting in there, I have only had the Pullets for 2 weeks, and they were accepted reasonably well. I have tried anti pecking spray, and I keep them separate but every time I try to put them together, the poor girls are brutalised, can anyone help, I hate bullies, and this is heart breaking. Thanks in advance xxx
 

Morecambeclucks

In the Brooder
6 Years
Mar 20, 2013
12
0
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Thanks, i normally don't have a problem, but this is a completely different level! In the past i have allowed them to be together, separating the new ones periodically to allow them to eat, and "chill" for a spell, however the instant i put all the girls are together, the bullying begins, jumping on Backs, blood drawn, grabbing the combs, 2 on 1 sometimes, the new girls are literally terrified, and now cower shaking visibly in a corner, i give them as much love and hugs as possible, but that isn't going to solve the problem, i am worried for the first time that the new girls could be killed.
 

redstar14

Chirping
6 Years
Aug 13, 2013
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Sounds like you might need more square footage if possible or let them free range during daylight hours
 

Morecambeclucks

In the Brooder
6 Years
Mar 20, 2013
12
0
24
They have 500 sq metres, split into 4 areas, they free range in separate area's all day, and then get locked into separate coops overnight, it's only when they come into the 1 area on their way to the coops that the trouble starts, ie when they are in the same area. x
 

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