When a chicken goes broody, do they lose their place in the pecking order? I have a buff orp that was broody for a long time. Throughout the entire time, she always was in with the other chickens, slept in with them (altho usually in one of the nests), and was never away from the rest of the flock. We finally broke her of it and the other day I noticed that there was a LOT of squabbling going on that involved her. Then last night and tonight, she was not in the coop. She must have spent last night in the bushes somewhere. Tonight when I went out to lock the coop, there was another chicken standing on top of the door into the coop. The buff was nowhere to be seen. Do you think the other chicken was guarding the entrance so the buff couldn't come in? How do I get them to work this out because I don't want to keep locking the buff out of the coop? Last night we left the coop unlocked. Today she was out and about in the run (yesterday also) and no squabbling was going on. I figured they had worked things out after I saw them getting along yesterday but maybe not. Any ideas?