Our two new hens are making good progress in our little flock.Whitey Didee and Rosie are getting along well. Our Scots Dumpy named Bizzy Lizzy is still acting threatening towards Didee, but not too violently, so I think she is getting used to the new hens being around. Didee doesn't seem to be too bothered about being with the other three darker hens. She does go to the same general area that they are in, but never really in amongst them. Her confidence in her environment is growing, but she knows her place and seems not to mind.
Matilda our black Australorp is still the top of the pecking order, but she is a sweet and gentle leader, who only gives a quick little warning peck to the others if they get too close. She seems to accepted her look-alike Rosie very well, and they are spending a lot of time together - Rosie following Matilda around wherever they go like a desperate best friend. It's really sweet to see. Rosie does have a few feathers missing from the back of her neck - from the rooster that she had been with before she came to us. Hopefully this will grow back in soon, if not we will have to wait until the Autumn moult.
EggsThis week I have been putting any eggs laid by our two new hens aside, just in case somebody becomes broody, then I could put their fertile eggs under a broody! Sadly, it has been a week now, and still nobody is showing signs of wanting to stay in the nesting box, but I'll keep them for a little bit longer - apparently if a hen has been with a rooster they can potentially be producing fertile eggs for 12 days.
Early on in the week, when we had only had our two new hens for a couple of days, our new hen Whitey Didee was walking around croaking loudly. So I guessed that she wanted to lay an egg but didn't know where to go. I picked her up and put her in the nest box where Bizzy Lizzy's egg was still sitting and she laid straight away! I have also had to pick up Rosie and put her into the nest box when she was crowing loudly, and she too laid quickly.