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Its not straightforward, in my experience. My alpha hen is smaller than most, and certainly not aggressive to others, even when around food. Its certainly not obvious that she is the alpha. If you happen to feed just a small amount of treats (mine like millet seed) - a quantity that is not sufficient for them all and see who ends up claiming the lion's share - that might give you an idea of who is the alpha.
My three friendly girls definitely get the most treats. I just assumed it was because they were first in line because they aren't afraid of me at all, but maybe they're the top of the order and that's why the others let them up first. Who knows. I was just curious. And what's the best roosting spot to a chicken? The middle?
Totally depends on the temperature outside...If cold? The middle. If hot the edge.