Well, we still have five alive and healthy chickens albeit minus a few feathers :-)
I kept Angelina and Bridget in their yard in a yard for two days and noted the calm that had descended, so yesterday morning I took a deep breath and removed the wire. My girls have had fits and starts of supremacy and thankfully the two new ladies have wisely decided it is best to keep out of their way as much as possible.
I have made a point of keeping plenty of feed in their yard so there is no need for them to fight over food. I also hung up bunches of cabbage and kale leaves for them to peck at, anything to keep them busy! I did some yard rearranging, idea being that if the yard was a bit different then maybe my girls would not see it quite so much their territory. I also thought that with some new stuff in there, then curiosity would win the day and my girls would forget about bossing the new girls. I am trying very hard to out-think them! I also moved things around so there were as few corners as possible for one of the new girls to get trapped in by a bully. And finally, I am keeping their gate open into the small adjoining yard of overgrown kikuyu grass, so that there are plenty of places for a feathered girl to be.
I started digging out the next pathways in my garden, so after clearing the area of weeds and grass, I dig out the path shape and heaped up the new garden beds. Worms and beetle larva were flung over the fence to the waiting crowd.
Oh yes, you know how six ping pong balls have been missing in our house for months? Well I finally went and bought another six this week. And of course you know what happened then don't you? Yes, I found them all! He had got them all stuck behind a tiny bedside cupboard in the guest bedroom, all in a neat little line behind. So he's joyfully batting ping pong balls under all the furniture for me, then flopping on the floor and giving me the look, get them slave!