So hubby and I picked up two new chickens last week that were listed on CraigsList as free to a good home....we wanted to add a couple more to our flock so figured what the heck. We probably won't be doing that again since we had second thoughts after doing such as what diseases and bugs we may be introducing to our current hens as we have no way of seperating the two new ones before allowing them to live together. We will have to figure out something down the road for being able to quarantine chickens..but now that we know we should have done that we don't have the heart to get rid of them if you know what I mean. We thought our sweet friendly girls would accept the two new ones as the run with the neighbors chickens and they come into our coop and there have been no behavior problems. But our girls are down right rude to the two chickens, we thought were both hens but I think one is a young rooster going into molt....and I only think it is a rooster because it is doing the side step thing. Anyways....our girls only sat on one out of two of the roosting perches we made for them....they wouldn't touch the second one that was on the other side of the coop, but now all of a sudden our existing hens have decided they are going to use both of them and won't let the two new ones sit on them and they were chasing them around trying to peck on them but I think the pecking has stopped for now. I know it has only been a week, but is there something that can be done to try and stop this behavior is will it just go away after time, and will it ever stop? I'm concerned about raising baby chicks and to add to the flock in the future years after seeing this behavior.... Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!