My very first flock of chickens is five young Buff Brahma bantams, and between them and my first chicken, I now have a whole two years of chicken experience. Of course, my first chicken, one bantam Easter Egger, didn't give me quantity experience, but I like to take things slowly. After I decided I liked having a chicken enough to get more serious about the whole thing, I ordered my Brahmas last year from a hatchery for early July delivery. I sold all the chicks I didn't want, and out of ten remaining straight-run chicks I kept what I thought were most likely all the potential girls and one roo. It's been great having them from my perspective, and I spend a lot of time with them, caring for them, working in the "barn," and just sitting for a while, taking note of who is laying where and when so I can start my first hatch soon. My poor flock has become quite a sad place after many months of general peace. One of my four 7.5 month-old Buff Brahma girls has become extremely aggressive in the past few weeks. She was looking like the boss from early in the brooder, and showed aggression to everyone as she bullied her way to claiming her perch at the top, but she has really stepped up her aggression recently. I understand they are maturing and her behavior may change dramatically around this time. My favorite pullet, Punkin', has always been the shyest chick, and has obviously lighter coloring. I think she is just beautiful, and she also has a prettier form to my eye. Punkin' has suffered terribly the past couple of weeks because of Opal, and she will not leave the nest much. Neither will Pearl, also bullied by Opal, leave her nest. I'm not sure they're going broody so much as seeking shelter from Opal. Sigh. I wasn't able to move Opal right away; I had to do quite a bit of work to prepare a place for her in the house and it took several of days. Everyday I would tell my girls that I was working on it. Today I said, "Tonight's the night; it's now!" It got dark, and I nabbed Evil off her perch pretty easily and quickly. Of all the flock, Evil Opal has always avoided me the most, and she is the only one to ever peck me. The other girls will come quite near and be friendly, but not Opal! I'm a bit disappointed that the Brahmas are not as friendly as my little EE was, who really was my friend, possibly because she didn't have anyone else. We had a good thing together, and I liked having a house chicken in the plant room. I'm wondering if Buff Orpington bantams would be friendlier. My flock has lots of room in their coop, but they are confined at this time. They have 30+ sf for five bantam chickens, and they can come out of the coop and into the barn when I'm out there, but they don't have access to a run at the moment. Light may have been an issue, because it has been brutally cold off and on since early December, and I am not able to provide heat without also providing light. Otherwise, I keep their coop quite tidy, give them fresh water and food everyday, fermented feed, apples, greens, etc. What do y'all think about bully hens? My rooster so far is wonderful. We'll see . . . Evil Opal, herself . . .