So as I've discussed elsethread, last summer I got 2 young pullets, Audrey and Bianca, whom everyone here said WERE pullets, to join Clarice and Svetlana after Olivia passed away. Shortly thereafter it became clear that Bianca was really BiancO. Since I knew that it would not go well for him if I were to return him from when he came, I determined to make it work. Since he came to maturity, both Audrey and Svetlana have accepted his new randiness fine. They squat, he mates, and he moves on. He has been quite gentle w/ them, and neither has been overbred (even Audrey, despite her being shut up w/ him a lot--more on that below). But Clarice FREAKS OUT. She has always been alpha hen--despite being the smallest, she has always ruled the roost. But she runs from Bianco, screaming, and when he finally catches her he's often rough w/ her. She has had black dried blood on her comb a few times. Mostly, though, she refuses to come out of the coop or down from the roost even! From what I can tell, she will go DAYS like this. Usually food and water is out in the run, but I have left it inside and it is never touched, so I'm fairly sure that when Bianco is in the run she neither eats nor drinks. If I force her out into the run, she runs and screams, he chases her, he hurts her, and she goes back into the coop and up into the roost. So I have started separating Bianco and Audrey during the day--I have 2 adjoining 10x10 dog runs, and in the a.m. I just herd those 2 into the other run, lock them in there, and then force Clarice out into the run. When she sees Bianco isn't there she relaxes and eats and drinks--acts normally. It seems to me that if she would just submit and let him mate her, it would all be fine. As a feminist, I hate to say that, but heck, they're chickens! But Clarice just either isn't getting that or refuses to do it -- and I'm worried about her. She's 8 years old and she looks thinner from all the days of not coming out to eat or drink. At this point I'm separating the chickens every a.m. when it seems unlikely to rain (run #2, where B and A go, doesn't have a lot of cover), but the whole point is for them to be together. Any suggestions? Or should I just give up and keep them separate forever?