I am totally fascinated by watching the relationships among my chickens. We have two banties that are best buds in a flock of mostly standard pullets. The tiny Dark Brahma banty is bottom of the pecking order, and the Cochin banty is almost always at her side, even shielding her at night. I think it's sweet but I suppose it could be controlling behavior! The other night I went to check an owie on a large hen on the roost, and when she squawked, a little 4# White Leghorn next to her spread her wing across the 11# hen and held it there as if to protect her from my intrusion. Who else has chicken friend stories?