The lone ranger chicken is having some struggles integrating into our existing laying flock. That's 100% normal. Anytime you add birds to a flock, or dogs to a pack, or a new kid to a class there's going to be conflict while everyone figures out where they stand. But clearly my birds have been transported to the set of Mean Girls and have been super rude to the new girl. Rachel McAdams has nothing on my Alpha chicken.
The flock started by booting the new chicken from the coop (telling her she couldn't sit at their lunch table). I found her outside perched on this branch (crying in the bathroom).
I picked her up and put her back in the coop and forced the other birds to allow her a drink of water and some food. I did this with some stern reprimands, a long speech on looking out for the underdog, and shoving those big birds out of the way. In another life I might have been a really good guidance counselor.
Today I'm happy to report that the white chicken has decided to be the black chicken's protector. She obviously took my advice to heart. I think she knows how it feels since she was once at the bottom of the order, too.
Fortunately this combining of the flocks was much less bloody than the big flock integration we did last time. That was more like gang violence than cafeteria jostling. This little chicken is pretty scrappy so I think she'll be ok. I'll keep you posted!