Today, we introduced the Leghorns to the Red Stars.

You would think the Red Stars would have remembered how they had been treated when they were newbies.

You would think they’d have more sympathy.

You would think…

It soon became obvious that integrating these two flocks would not be an option.

The big ones squawked.

The little ones huddled.

Pecky Greenleg glared.


The newbies…were not welcome.


It’s sad…knowing that there is no possibility of amicable relations.

Even though I was 99% sure that we wouldn’t have a successful integration, that 1% was still there…secretly hoping we could make it work.

But with a swish of a wing and a flick of a tail feather…those hopes and dreams were swept away.


Holding my breath, I wait
Willing them to show love
Sighing out loud, I cringe
No peace, no snow-white dove

9 responses to “Newbies

  1. Don’t give up hopes up integrating. Keep the younger close by so the older ones can see and get used to their presence and it could happen later.

  2. Thank you for the encouragement! Any other tips?

  3. Ditto on the previous comment. They’ll be fine eventually. Each flock has it’s own pecking order worked out now, but as the youngest ones mature they will be able to withstand the working out of the merged pecking order. It’s called that for a reason and often appears violent to us, but it is the way of chickens (dinosaurs) since time immemorial. 🙂

  4. this reminded me of the many hens that my dad keeps as pets!!! He loves taking care of them and sometimes me and my elder brother feel the poultry is his first love and them comes the family 😛 Happy to read the blog..nostalgic! Cheers and all the best for the remaining challenge! 🙂
    @sneha_sasi from
    Life As a Potpourri and
    Am also a Minion for Holton’s Heroes

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