Ok, so since it has been colder here my chooks are spending a lot of time in the coop. Yesterday was the 1st day in 2 days they came out of the coop into their runs. I noticed while we were working on ventilation and insualtion matters (which took 5 freakin hours) that one of my hens (Janis) was avoiding the rest of the flock especially the hens. Everytime one would come her way she would run screaming and all to the other corner of the run. Ok so...she is the smallest of that flock and I believe she is molting too. About 2 weeks ago she started molting. The other hens are RSL's/Mutts and they have 1 roo. She doesn't seem bothered by the roo at all just the hens. They are all getting picked on to some extent and have seen some blood spots occasionally. I have read that I should remove the aggressor, but it's not just 1 hen doin the pickin. Because I have 2 separate flocks (one with bantams and smaller chickens and the other mentioned above) we thought that we would move Janis to the smaller flock cause they are happy as could be and she is more their size anyway. My DH has wanted to move her into that flock anyway but I didn't want to take her away from her favorite hen. Now that her favorite hen is scaring her, I don't feel so bad separating them. However, this morning the hen came out with her new flock and ran around screamin until she flew onto the roost to avoid them. The roo in that flock (bantam partridge rock) mounted her and did the deed (he has been eyeballin her when they free range) but after he kept chasin her around. He got her on the ground and stepped on her head! And just stood there with his foot on her head. Is that normal? Now she is just roostin away from everyone and I feel kinda bad, I went in the run and offerred her bread and crumbles..she ate well. So I wonder.... Is that normal roo behavior (I have never had to introduce a new hen to a roo)? Do you think he will hurt her? Are chickens more likely to peck at a hen who is molting? Should I get something to help her with the stress? Like a vitamin or a destressor? (like do they have Feliway for chickens?) I was thinkin, geez...if the chickens are gonna kill eachother I might as well free range and take chances on predation. When the chickens are stressed so am I! on a good note the coops are warm and dry!