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new chickens being bullied......help?

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salvolatile Mon 09-Nov-09 21:32:53

My 3 hybrids are being horrible to my two new girls, introduced last Wednesday. During the day the are ok in the run apart from the odd chase, but at dusk they guard the henhouse to stop the new ones roosting, and if they go in they get turfed out pdq sad. After dusk, when the original 3 have finally settled, the two new ones creep in. Should this have settled by now, and if not, how long do you think it might take? I am exhausted having to monitor bedtime every evening blush

DaisymooSteiner Mon 09-Nov-09 21:36:46

That sounds relatively mild tbh, I have seen far worse treatment of newcomers (a friend had a new hen pecked to death shock sad). It might take another week or two I reckon. And personally I wouldn't monitor bedtime unless you're having to intervene to make sure they actually go in at night.

salvolatile Tue 10-Nov-09 20:05:00

Well I just went out to check and found the new ones outside huddled together in the dark because the pop hole had closed sad

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