Yes, we have three new (two year old) hens that came to live with us last night. When my friend, Carolyn and her husband, came to deliver them, we watched; as they investigated their new home inside the coop.
Carolyn noticed that my rooster, Michelangelo, was blind in one eye. And that was all it took for the Road Island Red chicken to start attacking. Michel has never roosted at night, he always went to the corner on the floor. Now I know why, he couldn’t see well enough to get up and down. I feel so bad, as I had noticed his eye was closed but didn’t get why.
Early this morning I let them out into the chicken run. The three new ones are on the left, Michel is on the right. There are two Black Sex Links and one Road Island Red, she looks a lot like Eleanor R. who is a Buff Orpington. My other two gals are inside the coop, they didn’t chose to socialize. They seem to get along ok with the new ones but I suppose the new ones will try to be in charge, since there are three of them.
I am a bit worried about Michel, I hope she leaves him alone. I will separate the new from the old later today, keeping the new in the chicken run.
The two Black Sex Links', (the same as Rosa Parks, that died last year) don’t mind hanging out with Michelangelo (he’s hiding behind the trash can).
As for Dash, he hasn’t even noticed his new sisters. I imagine that will change when they get to free range in a couple of days. I can’t wait to see all six in the yard at one time….I’ll feel like a real farmgirl!