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Chickens are fighting

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I have 3 Araucana and 2 Buff Orpington that we got as chicks about a year & half ago.  They have a big coop with a large fenced area to roam during the day.

They are all going through their first molt, except one of the Buff's.  

Now it seems like she has become the target of the other 4.  Every time she comes out of the coop, they try to attack her.  I have let them free range in my yard and they seem fine, but once they are back in the fenced area the mean girls group together and if she walks by they try to attack her.  Even her Buff sister has taken their side. You can tell she is afraid as she runs to get by them to get back to the coop.  

Like I said their fenced area is large, with logs to poke at and a couple trees to peck in and around.  I throw green and lots of things from the garden so they have new things to peck and scratch in.  They have been fine till the last couple weeks.  

They are even fighting with her when they go in the coop for the night.  She has always been the last one in, so she is most likely the bottom of the pecking order.  She doesn't even come out of the coop in the morning until the others are let out to the fenced area.  What's happening to my chicken family?  I hate this fighting. What can I do to stop this?  Thanks for your help

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Usually it's the molting hens who hide and run, either there's something wrong with your buff or your other girls are just cranky because of the molt, I wouldn't worry too much unless they are drawing blood, or your buff is acting odd or off, there's always a bottom bird on the pecking order and she's always the easy target.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Thank you I appreciate your answer.  Hopefully this will straighten out when they stop molting.

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