Ben, i have a question, my 4 chickens the wyandotte, they are not allowing the road island red into their clan, they are pretty mean, they have taken her down and continue to do so, and the beat the heck out of her. i know about the pecking order, but this is a little much, and they chase her around the yard if she even gets close to them, my poor little red! i am putting them out to pasture and giving my red the whole coop, i don’t like them being mean like that, so i would not make a very good chicken farmer. i only have the one road island red the other one was a rooster and i got rid of him, and so red is all alone. So if you have an idea would you let me know!
Integrating chickens can be hard. The first thing to share is that chickens are not racist, even if it seems like they are. The Rhode Island is getting picked on for a different reason. She is weaker, or smaller, or not as aggressive. Something besides the fact that she is a different breed or color. Where to go from here. They need to keep spending time together and they should work it out. When they are together give them lots of room. At night chickens normally are just trying to sleep and won’t bother each other, so they should be able to share the coop when they are sleeping. One thing to keep an eye on is, make sure the RIR is not bleeding. Chickens are like bulls, and when they see blood they go after it until they have pecked a chicken to death. You can pick up a special anti-septic spray at any feed store that sprays purple, like a anti-septic spray paint. Use this is you ever see any blood. Otherwise just give them space and let them sort it out, I know it can be hard but pecking each other is normal, and if there is no blood it shouldn’t be too much of a concern. Unless she is loosing feathers at an alarming rate. I hope that helps, and let me know how it goes, and feel free to keep the questions coming.