Have you ever witnessed a chicken show another chicken (or animal or person) genuine friendship? I have 1 Speckled Sussex who I named Broomhilda when I forst got her because she complained her whole first day ...... over the months she has settled in and become our tiny booted bantam's best buddy. They look odd together - such a difference in size. The bantam will nuzzle into the Sussex's side on the roost they are always next to each other. When they go out in the yard I find them relaxing sitting side by side or when they go exploring the Sussex will slow down , let the rest of the flock go on while she waits for the wee feather footed slow poke. She will often show the little one where the best bugs and worms are, and they share the same dust bath hole all the time ! The top of the pecking order is another Sussex (Murtle)- she's bossy, doesn't take any "back talk". She doesn't hurt anyone but she sure makes her position clear. I added a new hen to the coop yesterday and "Bossy Murtle" started laying down the rules and pulling the new girl by the neck feathers a little. Like school kids who pull hair ! Doesn't Broomhilda position herself between the two - she doesn't fight with the new girl , she doesn't confront the "boss" she just makes sure she stands quietly between the two as if she's protecting the new girl and soothing the "boss" . She's keeping the peace, softly clucking to them both. This is a chicken with personality - big ol' soft hearted girl.