The big chicken merger has commenced. I started last night.. The older chickens are being bullies and territorial and the new chickens are being properly subservient and cautiously huddling together. The older chickens will not let the young ones eat from the trays yet but I have extra food on the ground they can scratch for and today after bridge I will let them all out in the garden together to free range.
Not only did I want them closer in size before combining, the young chickens were on a different feed. The blurry chicken in the middle is one of the older hens and you can see the younger one the right is rapidly catching up. The "girl" on the left is one of the new chickens and it has turned out to be a "guy" I have been spending time sitting in the coop just watching the whole social drama unfold..... It's going as well as I could hope for at this point... no blood drawn as yet..