They will sort it out given time BB. These things play out as they are feeling more secure, oddly enough - when it is all new they put the pecking order on hold but as they settle in they start to work out their differences. I have heard before that speckledies tend to be bottom of the pecking order. She will be fine - its very early days.Bantams=Banter wrote: ↑Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:10 pmThe Bluebelle, (Margo) is being an absolute swine to the Speckledy (Mondi) this bedtime! Chasing her, pecking her, jumping on her... They were all trying to jump up on the roof of the coop, so I read that as they wanted to go in, so I put them all in the house tonight.
Can I suggest that as your run is all weld mesh and quite safe it would be better to let them roost wherever they want to for the moment? Familiarity will soon grow, things cool off within a week or two but it can be stressful in the process.
My lot get along fine now but my Orp (also a sensitive soul) had a really bad time of it joining a pre-existing flock. I got her with a friend who unfortunately died leaving her to integrate on her own.
When you say 'they are all so big' I'm thinking that it may be a tight squeeze in the coop? They need at least 8 inches of perch each ideally when they are all getting along normally.
The least likely thing is that they will leave the garden. Chooks are very nervous about leaving their known territory (and your garden is already their known territory).
Trust your outer defenses (the weld mesh sound pretty good to me) and give them the space to work it out for the moment. Its very early days - it will cool down once Margo feels that she has impressed her position. Your chickens are all hardy and it is summer - mine roost on a sheltered open perch in the middle of winter - no problem at all!
Don't worry! It will all blow over surprisingly quickly.