I have a flock of three 6 month old hens (they seemed to have just stopped laying for the Winter, this was their first laying season.) I had four, but one died. So, we got another pullet from the local feed store to replace the one who passed away. The pullet is 12 weeks. I've had her in a cage inside the coop with the others hens for several days. They have been fine with her in the cage. She was loose in the coop today while the flock free-ranged and when I put them all in (late afternoon) I didn't put the pullet back in her cage. They tolerated her for a while, she was very curious about them, and then they started to get nasty. Every time she went near them, they pecked her hard. SO...my question is, do I get another pullet to make it easier on her? I really only wanted four hens, but I would get one more if it would ease the the hen-pecking. Then again, I would probably just have two hens getting beat up, instead of one. AND, the cage I have is really only big enough for one pullet to sleep in right now....BUT, I want to make this as easy as possible so if getting another one will help, I want to do it. The people at the feed store said I should just put the pullet up on the roost at night. But, someone else told me if I do that "she'll be dead in the morning.!!" Having such a hard time with all the conflicting opinions. Any one with experience willing to comment? Thanks.