Hi everyone, this is my first post but this forum has been a wonderful resource so far so thank you to everyone for all the indirect help and advice we've enjoyed!
Just a bit of background first: My partner and I have had hens for about 6 months now, we started with 2 silkies and 2 polish and added 2 speckledys a week or so later. We absolutely love them, have been getting loads of delicious eggs and they all got on great for a time, however:
(Long story short) the boss hen (Hedwig the Speckledy) nearly killed one of the silkies when she went broody and the other Speckledy is consistently pecking the rump of a Polish. The hens have lots of space (24m2 run plus regular free range in our 30m long garden) and I really don't think they're bored or ill. We have tried many suggestions from this forum with limited success but have fortunately found a lovely home with some larger hens for the two troublemaker speckledys. We will be sad to see them go and will miss the eggs (they haven't missed a day of laying since they started months ago).
We would very much like to add two hens to our flock to replace them. Although one of the silkies is very strong and keeps herself high in the pecking order, the other one is now very timid around the other hens. We would therefore like some very docile hens, preferably that may lay some eggs over the winter. I have been considering Brahmas as they seem docile, friendly and may lay during the winter. Is this a good plan despite the huge size difference? Are there any alternatives you'd recommend?
Thanks in advance!
P.S. the girls live in a Cube MK1 with a covered 4m run, which is always open to a 24m2 pen (omlet fencing) and they are let out in the garden almost everyday for a few hours.