I have 3 young chickens that have been set up next to the main chicken run for about a month and I've recently opened up their run so the chickens are all together. I've attempted a few times to integrate these young birds with my small flock (4 other birds) and I end up giving up and feeling sorry for them because I have one very relentless gal. My new birds have been staying in a wire cage that I cover at night, and I really would like them to get out of the crate and into the coop, but this other bird literally spends her day in front of their crate and they won't come out to eat unless she is gone. She only leaves when I shoo her away and then the poor things hungrily gobble up food. I worry that they only eat when I'm there standing guard. This is day 3 of this. My husband says I care too much (worry too much?), and I should just sit back and let the new chickens learn to assert themselves. They're not yet fully grown (hatched late October) so they're about 16 weeks old now. Things I've tried: 1. I've tried putting the bully hen in a crate for a day. The sad part is that she's a momma, and her baby circled her in the crate all day (baby is also 16 weeks old, btw!) When I let her out, she went right back to her bullying ways. 2. I've kicked her out entirely to give them a reprieve. Made her and her baby free range the day while they got used to the other chickens. As soon as I let her back in, she went right back to being a bully. As I look out the window, she is standing greedily over their feeder and they are cowering in their wire cage. Do I just wait it out? The 3 young chickens are 1 hen, and two roosters. I keep telling them to man up, lol.