Our older hen Poppy Seed and our young hen, Princess, paired off and have become good buddies in our Basque flock. The other hens are still very mean to Poppy Seed. They also try to peck on Princess but she is too quick to catch for them and runs circles around them.
Well, what could I do? I walked both hens out of the field and let them stay in the play-yard. They got fresh, cold water and a shady flower bed all to themselves, which they immediately dug into and made a bed for themselves to lie in.
Yes, that is nice for them for this afternoon, but they cannot always stay in my backyard. I prefer a play area for my kids that is chicken-poop free. So how can I get the Basque flock to adopt the two cast-aways? I know the pecking order has to be established, but how long should that take and when does the pecking show-down stop?
I hope I will be able to give you better updates later on these two.