All was fine for about 20 minutes, then Angelina wandered over to Anne (big boss) and gave her a wee kiss peck on the side of her beak. Anne turned to look, was like WTF, hang on, who the hell are you?, drew herself up to her tallest tippytoed self, then walked right up to Angelina, beak to beak, hairy eyeball to hairy eyeball and did the staring thing. Ok I thought, this will stop in a minute. Nooo, it was on, wings flapping, feet kicking like a flipping cock fight! I ended up standing between them to break it up. Far out, I was a tad shocked, they were like little velociraptors! And once that happened it was like everyone suddenly became aware of everyone else and the fact that there were intruders. My girls did not play nicely in the school yard, they were mean, they were bitches. They chased poor Angelina and Bridget around, jumping on them and pecking them. Nasty nasty bitchy girls they were. I stayed in the yard til dusk, trying to let the pecking order sort itself out but getting in the way of any blood being drawn! Thank goodness it got dark and everyone went to bed and the night was quiet.
But I couldn't sleep, I felt really bad throwing two new girls into the bitchfest playground, so I pondered this during the night, did some googling and decided to make a yard in the yard as was suggested on a few websites, theory being that they can still see each other and sort of get used to each other, but having a fence between them should hopefully avoid bloodshed.
At the crack of dawn I was up and down at the chookyard before anyone could wake up and start bullying again. I locked Angelina and Bridget in the chook house and let my girls out to range on a fenced grass area, then set to work. I fenced off a corner of the chook yard and added a makeshift shelter.