Dominance or Jealousy what do you think?? Here is my issue: I have three hens hatched May 17, one is laying (started Friday, 2nd egg Sat) While chicks one BR (Dora) and the BO (chkn Little) loved being held I could cuddle them like babies The BO was the easiest to pick up and cuddle...the other BR (Keisha) only liked being held when SHE felt like it (I thought the dominant hen), otherwise if I was holding the others Keisha would jump up on my shoulders and crouch down and snuggle my neck But if I tied to grab her to hold her NOPE not happening. Anyways all this new behavior stared with my smallest baby (bottom of the pecking order Dora) started squatting last week when I would go to pick her up. Chicken Little would give me an evil eye like "what R U doing?? When I put Dora down she(chicken Little) would run up to Dora & do the I'm bigger than u dance and head peck. I would then pick up Chicken little to show her I'm boss. Yesterday while the girls were out free ranging with me supervising (THANK G*D) one of my dogs a Rhodesian Ridge Back slid the back patio door open and almost ate Dora...I had to smack her with a branch to make her drop Dora...(luckily no blood or damage) Dora was so frantic I picked her up put her in my sweater and she put snuggled in so hard to me and started to fall asleep while I pet her, Chkn Little ran up to me and pecked my jeans while I was crouching down on my knees. I thought it was because she didn't like my new jeans (dark blue not the normal color I wear). Today I held Chkn Little then after wards held Dora and again Chkn Little came up to me and started pecking my legs...got hard too! I grabbed her beak as if to say STOP and even said NO and pushed her away. Is she just being the dominant hen (jealous) as if to say If I'm m not getting held NO one is? If so how can I stop this...she used to be the nicest I could run up grab her and loved it.. My 2 BR will squat when I go to pick them up (smallest Dora started laying Fri) Keisha the other BR coming to lay soon. My BO doesn't squat and her comb is not large....getting there she probably be last to lay. maybe closer to spring def. a hen tho. =) Thanks so much for any help and advice!!!