Hello everyone, Just wanted to pick (no pun intended) your brains see what you all think of my situation. My wife and I are still pretty new at the backyard chickening so any help appreciated. We raised 4 chicks from eggs and they reside in a 10x10 dog run (now chicken run) with a 5-6 chicken enclosed coop. We started off with 6 but ended up with 4. They are Delaware, Americana, Barred Rock and Rhode Island Red. They are right around 6 months old now and things are moving along pretty good. I wanted 6 at one point but had been satisfied with 4 till about two weeks ago my wife surprised me with two more hens . Now these hens are two years old but are somewhat smaller than the ones we already have. They are Wyandotte and Black Copper Maran (I think). Integrating them into the flock was not hard but what is weird was the pecking order took a turn that I did not anticipate at all. Our Delaware who had ruled the roost before exchanged a few punches with one of the new ladies and conceded her rule but then the Barred Rock silently took over as head hen. Unfortunately for the new ladies Miss Barred Rock is a bully. She continually chases them away and pecks at them when eating or if they get to close and forget going into the coop at night. All the others are perfect together when Barred is separated from the flock. During the day when they are out free ranging it is ok but once confined in the 10x10 she gets a little Coo-Coo and has to be separated. Sorry for the long story, here is my question. Will Miss Barred tone it down over time or is this likely going to continue forever?