I've got 5 hens and one of them is developing into quite a bully, but really only picking on one hen in particular, maybe two. They are about 1 1/2 yrs old, adopted from a friend, and they all got along quite well until this past month. The bully hen will go so far as to stop eating snacks just so she can chase the other hen away to make sure she isn't getting any. The victim hen has bald patches all over her head...I'm assuming from pecking because I don't see any evidence of disease, etc. I recently notticed that a second hen is developing bald patches as well. I haven't seen the bully attack her, so I'm drawing a bit of a conclusion on that one. The aggressiveness of the bully hen has been escalating alarmingly. They free range most of the day and quite frankly are spolied rotten, so space and resources are not an issue. These three hens are all from the same group...the two others are from an earlier batch of chicks and are not invoved at all in this bit of backyard drama. I stuck the bully hen in a dog crate for a time out, and things couldn't be better in the yard. No pecking, victim hen is happy and not as nervous, and its even significantly quieter in the yard. But...I need to figure out how to get the bully hen back into the yard. Am I overreacting? Should I just let them work it out? Should the bully hen be left in chicken jail for a while? If so, how long? I read on a few posts that keeping the bully out of the population for a while might reset the pecking order, but it's breaking my heart to see her in that cage all alone. I have her in the garage right now....I could put the cage in the coop but I am not sure it its crueler to let her see outside or not. I am worried about her not getting enough light. I think I need a chicken therapist. Help?