I currently have a bully in isolation. My question pertains to how I should treat her while she's in solitary.... Gracie is not the top hen. She's a Buff Orpington and the top hen has been ruling her since brooder days. But Gracie is extremely jealous of some recent newcomers. Ironically, the top hen has - with only some initial minor reservations - already accepted into the flock. The others are all fine together. The problem is Gracie. This was not normal pecking order business. She's been been behaving like a violent, mean and nasty girl -- launching full-on back attacks on the new ones. So I placed her inside the house in a very large dog crate (big enough for a Great Dane) in the spare room. She's cozy, but completely miserable. Cries and whines constantly. I'm only on Day Two of what I believe will be at least ten. Ugh. Thing is, I don't know how I should treat her now that I've isolated her! I feel bad for the poor girl, she obviously would prefer to be outside with her sisters, even though she hates some of them. Breaks my heart to hear her cry all day. She's a very affectionate and sweet girl to me, loves me beyond the stars -- wants to be in my lap every second she can. Part me of thinks I should give her special treatment. But on the other hand, if I treat her extra nicely because I feel guilty about isolating her, am I not further encouraging the mean-girl behaviour? Do I provide her with just the necessities, and leave her be otherwise? Wouldn't that be like the ultimate betrayal? Or should I spend more time with her? I keep going back and forth, I know. Sorry. I can't figure this out. I'm no chicken-whisperer. But if I understand time-out correctly, it's to break her spirit and her confidence a little, as well as drop her rank when she's introduced back outside. My rational mind says, "How much of her spirit can I possibly break if I continue to pamper her while she's in solitary?" I'm completely confused. And super glad I have no kids. Chicken behavioral psychology is tough enough! Thank you for any insight you can provide.