My bantam (Baby) has decided she wants to be second-in-command over my Ameraucana. Only problem is, Biddy (Ameraucana) doesn't think much of the idea. Baby will walk up to Biddy (usually while Biddy is dirt-bathing) and give her a peck on the head. Biddy then jumps up and will start fighting with Baby, and usually by that point I have it stopped. At first I thought it would be best to let them "fight it out" to re-establish the pecking order and get it over with. But Baby is so tiny, I am worried Biddy will really hurt her. Biddy will jump on top of Baby, and today Baby ended up with a bloody nostril, earlobe, and wattle from Biddy's beak! Baby even bit me today as I was separating them! (of course Baby's bites aren't very hard because she's so small.) I heard it's better to not keep bantams with regular-size chickens. But these 3 ladies have been raised together since we brought them home as 2-day-old chicks! Is there anything I can do to discourage the fighting? It was so bad this evening, we had to put Baby in a cage inside the big cage to keep her and Biddy separated. Should I try squirting them with water anytime they start fighting? I really don't want to get rid of any of them, but I suppose I will find another home for Baby if I HAVE to. She is so sweet and tame I hate to do it though. She still hasn't laid an egg since she went broody 3 weeks ago.....could this be due to her hormones being messed up? I miss her dainty little white eggs. Sorry for the extended novel. But does anyone have ideas for me? Thanks!