Happy New Year to everyone! We started the new year off right by adding to our layer flock. We have 3 new blue egg layers and I cannot wait for their eggs. The girls aren't rolling out the red carpet to the new trio but hopefully things will settle down in the next few days as the pecking order is reistablished.
We did lose one of our young pullets. I thought she was old enough to move in the coop with the big girls. However, one of our girls has become increasingly aggressive, she just laid her first egg today, so that probably had a lot to do with it. So I put in my new beautiful pullet two days ago. The first day, things were a little rough, the next day, I heard a loud, terrified squawk. The little pullet lay dead with the new egg layer standing over her, picking at her remains. It broke my heart, I hatched that baby. She was a nice size but apparently no match for this hen.
RIP "Shimmer"...my daughter named this golden flecked little chicken.