This afternoon I mixed the girls for the first time. I decided to leave the new girls part of the run closed and just open their gate to let them into the main flocks part of the run before closing it again.
I didn’t want the main flock to go in the separated part of the run and trash it. I know from the past that they would be straight in there and soon have dirt flicked in the food and water.
Gold was the first through the gate and as soon as Spot saw her she was straight over to her. They raised their ruffs at each other. Spot chased Gold on to the wooden block and aimed a swift peck to her head.
Then it was all over as quickly as it had began. Spot won the spat and after that she totally ignored Gold and the other two new girls.
The seramas took no notice of Snowflake at all. I wonder if it’s because she looks similar to them or if it is because they sense she is no threat.
Flame had been laying her egg and when she joined the flock she kept well out of the way of the new girls. Flame made a mournful sound as if she wasn’t happy having them close and she kept her distance.
There was one moment when Spangle rose up in front of Storm and made herself as tall as possible but no attempt at pecking. Sugar also briefly chased the new girls away. Salmon who is top serama took no notice of the new girls what so ever.
I’m not ready to leave them alone together just yet so I opened the gate and let the new girls back into their space.
I think it went really well and I don’t think there will be any problems. Spot had to show Gold she was above her but it was all very fast and soon resolved. Afterwards Spot refused to look at the new girls while pottering around them.
I will give them some time together every day until it’s time to mix them.