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Hi. I have 5 hens. 2 light sussex 1 buff Orpington 1 speckled orpington and a mare. Since giving away my bluebell, who was severely bullying the smaller maren, it seems that the maren has become the dominant female which I understand and am ok with but at night all the hens sleep in the 2 right hand nesting area, all squashed together leaving the right hand side of the coop empty. The 2 light sussex sleep together in the area with the buff Orpington facing them
Every day now the buff Orpington is becoming balder and balder and the coop is filled with her feathers. This only happens at night. Please help and tell me how to deal with this as before long she will be naked. It's such a shame as she is the nicest bird and was the most beautiful. Thank you.
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If you know which one is doing the bullying  - make her  sleep by herself in a cage, if she is the one pulling feathers at night.  Birds also should not be sleeping in the nesting area, or they will poo all over the eggs.

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I'm not sure which one is pecking the buff. They lay their eggs in the left 2 nesting boxes and sleep in the right hand 2 nesting boxes! I was thinking if putting the 2 orpington in a spare coop.
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