We bought 12 ready-to-lay hens and one 4 mo old rooster about two months ago. They were all settled in and laying every day. Last Wed we bought 8 more ready-to-lay hens, same kind, and added them to the coop - lots of room. The old hens are chasing the new ones away from the food and treats and treating them pretty badly. They have all been out of sorts for the past few days, chasing each other around too. The rooster has been showing his authority by running at them and just standing there. They don't run away from the rooster, just crouch down.
It's heartbreaking to watch the poor new things. Will they find their place in the flock and fit in eventually, after they start laying. I know the hens that are laying are further up in the hyarchy. Some are laying small eggs.
I feel so sorry for them and a little worried that they are not getting enough to eat. I do see them sneaking from the feeder when the others are not around, but they don't get very long to do so.
Will they be ok in there? Is there anything I can do?