Sorry, first, a bit of a rant. Its April 15th This is the first time in years Ive had to pay anything. I ended up owing the State $803! Not fun. I waited until today to file, so I could keep my sweet $$ just a bit longer. Then my wife and I went to the local Tea Party today. My wife was late and we missed the train. We got there late. It was snowing. And wet. My zipper broke on my coat, so my shirt got wet, and I got soaked. It was my first protest rally, and I liked the speeches, but having a cold wet shirt all afternoon sucked. When I got back to work, my mom emailed me and told me my Great Uncle died today. I really liked him a lot. I got home from work and my 2nd oldest son wasnt picked to be a councilor in training for summer camp. But my oldest son was picked. So son #2 was in a foul mood when I got home. Then I took my wife and oldest son to get passport pictures. Of course we were late. The cop didnt care. I got a ticket for doing 55 in a 40. Ouch, thats gunna hurt. Then, to top it all off, I got home from the passport pictures, and OMalley was being pecked up again. Sure, it could have been worse, but it was a rotten day! Ok, off my soap box and on to my question =-=-=- We have 12 hens. 9 are 12 weeks old, 3 of them are 11 weeks old. OMalley is the only RIR weve got. We have Barred Rocks, Red Sex Links, an Ostralorp, and a Buff Orpington. Ive had them in a 4x4 plus 4x10 foot tractor. I knew it was a little small, but figured as chicks theyd do ok. We let them out almost every day. But then they started picking on OMalley. We took her out, tried Blu-Kote, Bag Balm, and Pine Tar. Each worked for a day or so, but OMalley picked all of the stuff off herself and they started pecking her again. Weve kept her in a separate pen for more than 2 weeks, but let her out every day with the 11 others, and no pecking problems. While this was happening, I built a 4x8x4 coop, put in nice high roosts, and it was perfect. OMalley was starting to grow back feathers, so I decided to put in 3 other hens with her in the big new pen last night. Just one night. Thats all it took. And she has a bloody rump again today. The funny thing is, 11 of them in a small coop didnt have any pecking problems. But, when I put a couple in with her, its peck peck I know it cant be too little room, because 8x4x4 is supposed to be big enough for 8 hens, and there were only 4 hens that arent even full grown yet! Im so frustrated. Is it because OMalley is the only red bird among the 12? Is it because she has a long tail, while the others are relatively short? Should I get rid of her? What to do what to do?? Cheer me up with some good news, eh?