Hello. I started my backyard flock a little over a month ago. I have 7 hens; 4 are actively laying; 1 is too old to lay, and 2 are too young to lay. The youngest pullet, which I call Baby, isn't integrating into the flock well. In fact, she actually seems to be self-isolating. I've had her for a month now. She came in with the other pullet (Mahalia) that seems a little older and is fully integrated. Baby was sticking close to Mahalia initially. Now, Mahalia is running with the big girls (all over the yard) while Baby is usually somewhere alone crouched down. Her interaction is all but nonexistent. When I sprinkle treats in the yard, she used to scurry for them (and of course getting a little roughed up by the others since she's low on the totem pole). She would actually manage to get a few pecks in here and there. Now, she doesn't even try. So here is my question... do I have anything to be worried about (her lack of integration)? I know they will eventually work it out, but she is the only chicken to doesn't seem to be happy. She doesn't want around with her neck sticking out, scratching for food. She just sits in one spot for long periods with her neck in, like she's trying not to be noticed. What do you think?
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