hen spats

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This week  three lovely new Ancona hens arrived, unrelated to each other or the rooster and older hens. Needless to say, the established hens hate the new girls. All my cages are occupied so I could not introduce them in the correct manner by putting them in a cage beside the main run so they could get used to one another, just put them with the others straight away. Now  the new girls are holed up in the roost and the old girls are downstairs preventing the new ones from coming down to eat. I have to feed them up there and clean out the messy roost regularly. The rooster is having a great time entertaining upstairs as well as downstairs! Next time I shall BUILD a cage for the newcomers no matter what and do things the right way to save myself time, work and stress.