can anybody help me with this problem? six months ago we bought 11 chickens which I'm glad to say all are well and very happy! The problem that has arisen is that last week we decided to incresase our flock and bought a cockerall and two pullets from a poultry auction. We put them straight in the pen with all the other chucks but imediately all our other girls jumped on them and started bullying them. The cockerall was left alone but the two little hens just got terrorized! Realising we'd made a mistake we isolated the two pullets and put them in pen where the other chickens could see them but couldn't get to them. The silly things just hid in the nesting box all day and then at night when all the other hens had gone in to roost they came out and bedded themselves down iin the run - just waiting for mr fox to arrive!! This went on for a couple of days until I closed the hen house door up during the day so they couldn't hide and so they had to come out and see the world. After a few days we put them back in the main pen to try again. This time they did get picked on a little bit but only for a few minutes then the rest of the chucks seemed to get bored and left them alone but the two new ones just ran and hid again. That was a week ago and the same thing is happening every day - during the day they hide in or underneath the hen house and at night they come out and sleep on the ground! Is this normal behaviour? Incidently the cockerall also doesn't roost at night just sleeps on the floor of the hen house but at least he ventures out during the day! Has anyone any ideas about this type of behaviour?