I recently introduced some new additions to my flock in the form of some barred rocks and Rhode Island reds (two of each). The initial reaction was not great. The four new ones weren’t

At first there was a lot of this. I even had to move a waterer up to them to make sure they were drinking something.

At first there was a lot of this. I even had to move a waterer up to them to make sure they were drinking something 

just forced to the bottom of the pecking order, they weren’t even ranked. Each day, they’d stay up in the roost while the rest went about their day. If one of them tried to get down, they were attacked. There was a “zero tolerance” immigration policy in this coop. This went on for about 2 weeks. One week later than it should have according to everything I’d read.

I read about a possible solution on mypetchicken.com suggesting to place a cabbage just out of reach. The distraction would be an “odd, but miraculous solution.”

Here is what the initial placement looked like (in slow motion). You can see confused barred rocks in the background.

A few cabbages and a few days later: #oneflock

oneflock

 

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