Remember those little chicks I couldn't resist buying in this post?
Well, as you may recall, sadly, two of them didn't survive, but the one black silkie and the production hen of unknown breed (brown layer) did survive. Yesterday, I took them out to the coop to join the flock. Integrating hens into an existing flock can be tricky. The pecking order needs to be re-established, and the new ones are almost invariably at the bottom. These two are likely to stay there for a while at least, until they gain some size.
I put them into the coop in late afternoon, a couple of hours before roosting time. This gave them a chance to spend some time alone in the coop before the flock returned. It also meant that they would not be subject to a long day of hassles from the other birds.
They ended up on top of the nesting box (former desk) and I took a couple of flash pictures of them together. They are bonded with each other and will likely remain close as they get older.
I hope they'll continue to be good friends and that they will integrate into the flock without too much difficulty. They are a funny little pair but I enjoy adding the diversity to my flock.